Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Matthew 12:8

The response Jesus gives after citing scriptural precedent for His disciples eating grain is also the last reason, and therefore the most compelling reason:
For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.
In effect: I created the Sabbath rest, I made it, I'm God. I make the rules. I am sovereign, who can challenge me or say to me, what have you done?  It harkens back to the words of Nebuchadnezzar when he was speaking about divine soverignty.  I'm the judge of what's right, not you -God.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Matthew 5:43

You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
The law of Leviticus 19:18 state that we should love our neighbor, but sinful men being what they are naturally want the rest of this phrase, what about my enemy? Or to put it another way, who is my neighbor (Luke 10:29)? If the neighbor is everyone then everyone gets love, but if everyone is not my neighbor, then I am free to do what I like with them.  If I get to do what I like then I choose hate, which is what they deserve.

The interesting thing is that Jewish teachers supplied that last part of the phrase given to them, they weighed love your neighbor and came to the conclusion that there is a category of not neighbor and that naturally they should get not love.
There are people today that think that because there are not elect that they get God's hatred, that if you have not been elected, then Jesus did not die for you..  This is essentially the same logic of the people who supplied "hate your non neighbor".  It was roundly condemned by Jesus.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In the world but not of the world

Being in the world is like being on a diet. Sure, it would be really easy to just do without food if it were possible, just cut it all off cold turkey. But we can't, we have to eat to live.  Likewise, God allows us to remain in the world, and face the world, for a reason, even though it would be much easier on us to just be pulled out immediatly.  So remember for best analogy, die=diet.  In the world still, but not of the world.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Luke 4:26-27

Jesus spoke to them saying that there were only two Gentiles saved in all the days of Elijah, the widow at Zarephath and Naaman.  In context Jesus is talking to the unwillingness to believe in Him and how because of their faith they rejected the ministry of God, so God healed the Gentiles instead.
In John we come to the woman at the well in Samaria and the nobelman who has a sick son.  What does it say that the Nazarites rejected Christ? That His blessing would go to the Gentiles who came in faith.
I'm sure there is more to it, but that's about all I can figure even after many days of thought. Perhaps the Lord will remove the blindness from my eyes in time to teach it.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The union is broken

Zechariah 11:14 "Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel."
Matthew 10:34-36 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household."

Zechariah 11:10 "And I took my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples."
Luke 23:12 "And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other."

the end of Philemon

Paul writes a letter to Philemon, more or less requiring he forgive Onesimus as his Christian duty.  Paul gives a lot of other reasons, but he concludes with this in verse 21 "Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say."
Ignatius has a pastor named Onesimus in Ephesus who was martyred under the Emperor Trajan (AD98-117).
This would indicate that a young run-away returned, received forgiveness, and his full freedom to serve the Lord.  Philemon did much more than forgive, he freed, and because of that Onesimus went on to do great things for God.