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Let Your Lamps Be Burning

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Lately, I’ve been involved in a study of the eschatology of Jesus’ Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), which is still part of the Olivet Discourse, according to Matthew. In the parable all of the virgins slumber and sleep, as they wait for the arrival of the bridegroom. They had taken their lamps for their watch during the night, but only five of the virgins brought along extra oil for the lamps. Sometime during the middle of the night,[1] the call went out that the bridegroom was coming, and the virgins awoke and trimmed their lamps. However, the five foolish virgins, who didn’t bring any oil, thought they might run out and asked the five wise virgins to share theirs. They wouldn’t, so the foolish ones had to leave their watch, hoping to buy more. Meanwhile, the bridegroom came. The five wise were brought in to the wedding, but the five foolish were shut out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 20, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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Thy Will Be Done

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In what we term the Our Father Jesus used to teach his Apostles (and us) how to pray. In the final clause of Luke 11:2 Jesus tells us to pray, “thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” I believe one of the keys to understanding Jesus’ teaching at this point is to remember the disciple came to Jesus, confessing his ignorance and asking Jesus to teach him and the other disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1). After all, if he knew how to pray, or how to hollow God’s name, or how bring the Kingdom of God to fruition etc., why would he come asking Jesus to teach him and the others how to do these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Economics According to Jesus

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I had often wondered about Jesus’ words to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-23.[1] Jesus told him that, if he wished to be perfect (mature in his faith), he needed to sell all he had and give it to the poor, and then he could come and follow Jesus. If every believer did what Jesus said here, Christianity would be understood as a religion of the poor and foolish. While there is nothing wrong about being called foolish for doing as Jesus says we should do, and there is certainly nothing sinful about being poor, still I have to wonder, if Jesus really wanted everyone to sell all his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, in order to be one of his mature disciples. Where is the wisdom in Jesus’ words in this scripture? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Jesus

 

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