My husband has a hanger with slots on the back of his closet door filled with shoes, but he usually wears the same two or three pairs. If he is going for a walk he wear tennis shoes, around the house slip-on loafers, and then he has dressier shoes for meetings and dinner engagements.
Shakespeare said, “”All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances…”
My husband’s shoes reminded me of this.
We enter rooms, and we wear different shoes. For instance, if we are conversing with our child’s teacher, or our pastor/ Rabbi, Affluent business owner, or doctor we may act differently than when we are around some of our High School friends or colleagues. We may act even more different around our children and our spouses. We take a pair of shoes out of the rack and put them on. At least some people do, but what about Jesus/Yeshua. . . What kind of shoes did He wear? Did he change his shoes for anyone?
Did he act differently in front of the elite Teachers and preachers of his day?
“Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”
One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Luke 11:43-45 NIV.
Jesus still had on his sandals of truth. He was still busy “insulting” people by telling them the truth. He wasn’t worried about whether the truth of His Father would go down smoothly or if those standing around would accept him.
They said he cast out demons by the one in charge of them.
“And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” Mark 3:22 ESV.
How did he answer them? “How can Satan drive out Satan?”
Did he back down and remove his shoes and slip on some loafers when he was around these leaders? “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? Matthew 23:29,33 NASB.
No, doesn’t look that way.
What sort of shoes did he wear around his family? We all like to let our hair down in front of our families and friends, but what about our beliefs and their beliefs? Should we ignore and sit quietly while some have been persuaded by false doctrine and proceed to sit under those teaching such messages? Would Jesus/ Yeshua have compromised His Fathers instructions to fit in and become someone his family or friends approved of?
“When His family heard this, they set out to restrain Him, because they said, “He’s out of His mind.” They said, “He has gone mad!” Mark 3:21 HCS.
Let’s look at more verses about His family.
“Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:47-50.
What about His best men and those he taught?
“After this, many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” John 6:66-67 ESV. No soft words here.
He had the same shoes on when he was around family, friends, and the elite. He had the same shoes on when he was talking to the demon-possessed, the prostitute, and the blind. He even bent down to wash the feet of those he called his disciples. His own brothers were very suspicious of him. Let’s look at that.
“But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” John 7:3-5.
His own family did not believe in him. The ones he was trying to show the truth to said he was full of demons. The words he spoke were twisted. The men in charge of HIS FATHER’S house said he was a drunk and a friend of sinners and that He was mad, crazy even.
“And the Pharisees and their scribes were grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” Luke 5:30.
“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:34.
“Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said.” Matthew 22:15 NASB.
He wasn’t taking his shoes off and acting like someone else in front of the religious people of his day. He had no time for fake appearances and polished shoes. He was reclining at the table having a glass of wine and talking to the people most deemed sinners. The ones they pointed fingers at, whispered about in their circles and isolated because they just weren’t as perfect as them. Why would they eat and drink wine with that lot? No righteous person would? The Son of God did and he didn’t change into some loafers for it. He kept the truth right there and the love. Balance.
A couple things I have noticed in my time in and out of “church” circles is this thing that doesn’t get mentioned much. It’s something so precious and yet it is rarely brought up in conversation. It’s unity. Read the passage below slowly.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever.” Psalm 133:1-3.
Sometimes peace comes later after the food is digested and the eyes and ears are opened.
This man named Jesus/ Yeshua was a Jew from the tribe of Judah. He did not need validation. With his mouth closed like a Lamb going to slaughter, he knew his time was coming. HIS MOMENT! He knew that very soon he would be sitting at the right hand of His Father.
Are you wearing Torah shoes and shoes that are shod with peace but also with love and obedience? You may be hated. You may be ignored. You may not be popular or even taken seriously. Many in your circle may leave because the word is too hard to swallow, but that’s okay, as you can see you’re in good company.
Change your shoes if you must. Put on some bright green Peter Pan slippers when you get down to the floor with a child to play. Put on some soft furry house shoes when you watch a movie with the kids. Wrap a pair of red sassy heels around your ankle when you go out with your husband or a pair of water shoes for the lake but continue to be who you are and announce it without shame. And more importantly, take off your shoes when you see a man who has none.
“Stand firm therefore,HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:14-17 NASB.