While in Jerusalem for the third Passover of his public ministry, Jesus taught his disciples how to approach God in prayer. He told them, rather than look upon God as a distant deity as the gentiles do (and apparently the Jewish authorities did, as well), approach him as our Father, ‘Abba’ or Daddy in the vernacular (Luke 11:2). The next phrase he taught them was to say hollowed be thy name, which is as much a term of worship as it is a request. Read the rest of this entry »
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In Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan, he chose two cities: Jerusalem, the city of blessing, and Jericho, the city of the curse. David blessed Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6-9), but Joshua cursed Jericho (Joshua 6:26; cf. 1Kings 16:34). All three men in the parable, the victim, the priest and the Levite were leaving the city of blessing and journeying toward the city of the curse. This means that none of us is able to change his direction apart from Jesus. In Adam, we have been blessed with life by God, but, because of Adam’s rebellion (Genesis 3) we journey toward the curse of death due to our inherited sin nature. Read the rest of this entry »
In view of the fact that both the priest and the Levite passed by the wounded man without helping him, it seems the reason for their lack of compassion was to remain ritually pure (cf. Numbers 19:11). However, ritual purity was unable to alter the course the priest and the Levite had taken. They were on the road to death, and nothing they could do or not do could prevent their attaining that goal. Jesus’ parable places the lawyer’s question into an illogical framework. Once he has left God (viz. living in Jerusalem, the city of blessing), he was unable to do anything, apart from God, to attain or inherit eternal life. He is cursed and will die no matter what he does or doesn’t do. In other words, mankind, no matter who he may be, is helpless. Read the rest of this entry »
What does Peter mean by saying: “through him you believe in God” (1Peter 1:21)? If his intended readers were believing Jews of the Diaspora (1Peter 1:1), didn’t they already believe in God prior to the coming of Christ and their submission to him? I don’t think Peter meant for us to view his statement quite like that. For example, Jesus claimed in John 12:44 and 14:6 that believing in him is the same as believing in God. Moreover, no one (Jew or gentile) is able to come to the Father (God) except through Jesus. I believe this is what is behind Peter’s statement “through him you believe in God” (1Peter 1:21). It was Jesus who fully expressed the God whom no one had seen (John 1:18) or known (Luke 10:22), so Peter is correct in saying the Jews of the Diaspora believe in God through Jesus, because, prior to Jesus’ coming, the Jews had a poor understanding of God who is love. Read the rest of this entry »
In my previous study I looked at the ceremony of circumcision, which Jesus underwent when he was eight days old. The second ceremony which involved Jesus immediately after his birth was his presentation in the Temple, which was to occur when he was a month old (Numbers 18:16). The ceremony was important because Jesus was Mary’s firstborn, and every firstborn male that opened the womb was holy to the Lord and had to be redeemed for five shekels, because the Levites were chosen instead of them to be the priests of the Temple (Luke 2:22-23; cf. Exodus 13:2; Numbers 8:13-18; 3:48-51). However, it seems that when Jesus was presented before the Lord, he was not redeemed! That is, no sacrifice was offered according to the Law; therefore, he remained the Lord’s priest! Read the rest of this entry »
Christ tells us that we have responsibilities toward one another (1John 3:16). We are not on our own; Christ is with us (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). Neither are we alone with respect to one another, for we are called to come to one another’s aid (Luke 22:31-32). No man lives to himself (Romans 14:7); he has responsibilities to others, others have responsibilities toward him. In the world we are made to feel success and failure are personal matters, and each of us bears that responsibility individually or alone. This is not so in Christ. Read the rest of this entry »
My wife and I were discussing Jesus’ trials, and one thing led to another, and lo and behold, we found ourselves involved in a really rewarding little study. It is a bit difficult to convert our conversation to paper, but I’ll give it a go. We discovered that there are a number of things that tie together which unveil more and more first, about what Jesus’ trials consisted of, and secondly, their significance. Jesus’ trials are found in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. In Matthew Jesus’ first temptation concerns turning stones into bread, the second concerns Jesus casting himself off the pinnacle of the Temple and depending upon God to save him from harm, and the third and final temptation concerned outright worship of the enemy in order to receive the kingdoms of the world and reign as king over all. Luke says the same but reverses the second and the third—and my wife, Kay, and I found this also to be significant.