One might argue that Jesus’ whole public ministry was one, big, three and a half year trial, but in reality his trials were intermittent. He wasn’t debating with the Jewish authorities every hour of every day, and neither was he correcting his disciples all of the time. I suppose he had many hours of pleasant discourse in what could be termed good times with those closest to him. After all, the text does say he loved his disciples, and they loved him (John 13:1; 15:9; 16:27), and love cannot exist under constant criticism or distrust. Nevertheless, during Jesus’ final hours, he was tried almost constantly. It began during his final meal with his disciples, and the trials didn’t end until the day was over, and he lay peacefully in the grave. Read the rest of this entry »
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According to Old Testament theology, there was no consciousness in the grave (sheol – H7585). David claimed there is no remembrance of God there (Psalm 6:5), neither were the dead able to praise God or hope in his truth (Isaiah 18:38). The fact is: “there is neither work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, 10), according to the word of God. Nevertheless, during and after the Babylonian captivity the idea of consciousness and activity in the grave crept into Jewish theology. Read the rest of this entry »
In Luke 15:8-10 Jesus spoke a parable about a woman and a lost coin. It is interesting that Jesus would cause the woman to represent mankind, who rejoices over the finding what was lost in man’s relationship with God. Her search is as one seeks a treasure (Proverbs 2:1-6), and this represents one’s repentance toward God (Luke 15:10). I believe Jesus chooses a woman in order to rebuke the Pharisees. His words are meant to be a kind of shock to get them to consider their behavior. Most Jewish authorities in the first century didn’t consider women on the same level as men. In fact, some of these authorities didn’t believe women should even be taught the Scriptures.
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