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Verse 14: “But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

There was an episode of the cartoon Batman: The Animated Series entitled “The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne”. In it, Batman goes undercover at a rest spa, in his civilian alter-ego of Bruce Wayne, to investigate a blackmail scheme. A scientist named Dr. Hugo Strange has invented a machine to read thoughts; using it under the pretense of treating executives for stress, he extracts blackmailing information. Using it on Bruce, he discovers Batman’s secret identity and attempts to auction the information to the Joker, Two-Face, and the Penguin. Thanks to Batman’s ingenuity, the three villains think they have been tricked with a false tape and destroy the real tape evidence in their attempt to get revenge on Strange. As they are attempting to flee and have kidnapped Strange, Strange tries to convince them he was telling the truth.

Dr. Hugo Strange: “Joker, please! I was set up! Bruce Wayne is Batman!”
Two-Face: “That’s absurd! I know Bruce Wayne. If he’s Batman…I’m the King of England!”
Joker: “And people say that I’m crazy!” (maniacal laughter)

Due to Batman’s cleverness (and a well-timed impersonation of Bruce by Dick Grayson), Strange is convinced he didn’t get the true story…the villains didn’t believe it anyway, since as Two-Face aptly put it: “That’s absurd! I know Bruce Wayne. If he’s Batman…I’m the King of England!”

The Gentiles thought they knew Peter (Cephas). An apostle, a church leader, and a disciple of Jesus, he was fellowshipping with the Gentile converts. But the arrival of some Judaizers shamed Peter into distancing himself from the Gentiles. The Gentiles were getting confused…what was the message Peter was conveying? Paul could see how this would hurt the message of the gospel, and he promptly took Peter by the spiritual short-hairs on the back of his neck, and set him straight! By even appearing to side with the Judaizers, who were stating grace PLUS the law, Peter could have done damage to Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles. Paul set him straight and made him remember who he really was and who he needed to be to those he witnessed to: a man saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, and that grace alone!

What message are you sending today to those who need to be saved by the gospel of Christ?

Something to think about.

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verse 1: “Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.”

“Is it worth it?” is a question most people will weigh when considering loss coupled with the chance for gain.

Many stories, ranging from Aesop’s fables to even myths such as King Midas, often point out the folly of sacrificing a lot for what seems to be riches galore…only to discover what you have lost was even more precious. I’m reminded of one of the cartoons I enjoyed watching: Batman: The Animated Series. It was similar to the old campy Batman TV show of the 1960’s, only in that both series had big name talent as guest stars; the cartoon was done much more seriously. The cartoon had cast recognizable celebrities as many of the voices. In the episode that introduced the villain known as the Riddler, Batman and Robin save his victim, head of a corporation that made millions off Edward Nygma’s (who would become the Riddler) contract work legally; obviously the Riddler wanted revenge for his “perceived” injustice at not sharing in the success of his work. Though they save the corporate head from death, the Riddler got away. That corporate head, whose name was Mockridge, pocketed millions off the company deal to bring it to Gotham City.

That didn’t sit well with Dick Grayson (Robin) who groused about the injustice that occurred. But Bruce Wayne (Batman) pointed out to him that, maybe Mockridge got away with it…and maybe he didn’t come out smelling like roses. The episode closes with the multi-rich Mockridge, living in fear in his own house, with multiple locks on his doors, always checking every corner for fear of the Riddler’s revenge, trying to sleep while nearby is a shotgun he carries with him. The scene fades with the sound of Batman’s voice saying, “how much is a good night’s sleep worth? Now, there…is a riddle.”

Peace is not overrated, and material success does have its costs. Learn to be content today in what God gives you.

Something to think about.

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