Zoe: Jesus' Treatment of the Outcast and the Poor

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We live in a time when toleration of others is a common cultural value. Yet, Jesus' way of living "zoe" meant that he didn't just tolerate people who didn't fit into the Judaic laws of insider and outsider - he actually included them! In Luke 7 after a woman kisses Jesus' feet and Pharisee confronts him about it, Jesus asks, "Do you see this woman?" He doesn't mean a physical 'seeing'. He wants the Pharisee see who she really is as a person - a beloved child of God. If we're going to move beyond merely tolerating people, we'll need to be close enough to actually 'see' them.

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