Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

Law and Faith Together 02

Don’t try to make a parable walk on all-fours. Hebrew parable is the opposite of Western descriptive language. Whereas the latter seeks to encode discrete ideas that are the same in all contexts, parable seeks to offer imagery that adjusts … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 18:7-14

Jesus began this session explaining that leadership in His Messianic court would rest on unreserved trust in Him and His teaching. He draws the picture of a disciple who is like a younger child, but draws that image from His … Continue reading

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Jewish Claims of Superiority

They claim to be superior to Gentiles. Jews do have a divine advantage. Paul declares it in Romans 3, but it goes all the way back to Deuteronomy 7:6-11. Yet, notice their advantage fades if they depart from the Covenant. … Continue reading

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Qualified Pacifism

Do you suppose they would call it “qualified pacifism”? I’m not sure giving it a name would make any difference, but it does make it easier to pull out a large concept if it has a handle. The problem we … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 11:20-30

Jesus compares the three cities where He spent most of His time and performed His most noteworthy miracles, against three Gentile cities most noted for their depth of heathen depravity. Sodom was destroyed in the massive volcanic explosion that superheated … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 11:1-19

John the Baptist had preached repentance to the Covenant in the Jordan Valley because it was convenient for observing the baptism cleansing ritual year-round. In his preaching, he disparaged as sinful the scandalous divorce and remarriage of Herod Antipas. For … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus: Matthew 10:34-42

Jesus continues the theme of otherworldliness. Here He injects a few notes from the Talmud, where it is predicted that the generation of the Messiah’s coming would see social chaos, a breakdown in the traditional shalom. But it’s more than … Continue reading

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