Archive for the ‘Jesus’ Category

  • E100-60: Luke 15:1 – 15:32: Lost and Found

    Jul 9, 10 • E100, Jesus, Luke1 Comment
    E100-60: Luke 15:1 – 15:32: Lost and Found

    This is a chapter of parables. Remember parabole (Greek) or mashal (Hebrew) means a comparison, so ask ourselves what’s the point of comparison here? One clue is to look at the numbers (no, I’ll not be getting into numerology 😉 Another, Jesus gives us himself. And a third comes from noticing where the climax of [&hellip...

  • E100-59: Luke 10:25 – 10:37: The Good Samaritan, or is it?

    E100-59: Luke 10:25 – 10:37: The Good Samaritan, or is it?

    OK this story must be one of the best-known that Jesus ever told, everyone has heard it! And if not (at least if they speak English or French or just about any other European language) they know the main character’s name – The Good Samaritan. Except that, what we know if we know this, is [&hellip...

  • E100-58: Matthew 13:1 – 13:58: More about parables

    Jul 7, 10 • E100, Grace, Jesus, Matthew, ParableComments Off on E100-58: Matthew 13:1 – 13:58: More about parables
    E100-58: Matthew 13:1 – 13:58: More about parables

    This chapter is a big sack of parables, and we’ve already seen that a parable is in essence a comparison, where light is thrown on something by talking about something else, better known or more clear or vivid. The parable of the the sower is particularly complicated and developed, with lots of details but still [&hellip...

  • E100-57: Matthew 6:5 – 7:29: Sermon on the Mount Part 2

    Jul 6, 10 • E100, Jesus, Matthew, ParableComments Off on E100-57: Matthew 6:5 – 7:29: Sermon on the Mount Part 2
    E100-57: Matthew 6:5 – 7:29: Sermon on the Mount Part 2

    Prayer and Parables This section is a mix of teaching and parables. There is so much to talk about, so I’ll focus on how Jesus teaches: like a true Jew! in parables 6:5-8 sounds just like the prophets: true religion is not about what other people think of us, but Jusus is even more deeply [&hellip...

  • E100-56: Matthew 5:1 – 6:4: Sermon on the Mount (Part 1)

    Jul 5, 10 • E100, Jesus, MatthewComments Off on E100-56: Matthew 5:1 – 6:4: Sermon on the Mount (Part 1)
    E100-56: Matthew 5:1 – 6:4: Sermon on the Mount (Part 1)

    Matthew and Luke both give short collections of Jesus teaching early in their Gospels  (Mt 5-7 and the second half of Luke 6) there are similarities, both e.g. have “The Beatitudes”  a series of sayings listing sorts of people who will be blessed by God, near the beginning but each sermon (or summary compilation of [&hellip...

  • E100 Week 12: The teachings of Jesus the prophet

    E100 Week 12: The teachings of Jesus the prophet

    This week’s readings contain a sample of Jesus teachings. In reading them we will notice two things particularly that will help us better understand: (a) Jesus is a prophet: so the rules we learnt for reading Old Testament prophets will help us understand Jesus. These rules were: Prophets spoke to a context: knowing the who, [&hellip...

  • E100-55: Matthew 3:13 – 4:17: Testing the Messiah

    Jul 2, 10 • E100, Jesus, MatthewComments Off on E100-55: Matthew 3:13 – 4:17: Testing the Messiah
    E100-55: Matthew 3:13 – 4:17: Testing the Messiah

    Matthew has introduced Jesus, giving his genealogy, linking him to the story of God’s chosen people in particular to David the great king (messiah) and Abraham the ancestor (patriarch) whom God first chose and blessed to be the blessing of the rest of humanity, and four really interesting women. He has told the birth, with [&hellip...

  • E100-54: Luke 3:1 – 3:20: Baptism by water and by fire

    Jul 1, 10 • E100, Jesus, LukeComments Off on E100-54: Luke 3:1 – 3:20: Baptism by water and by fire
    E100-54: Luke 3:1 – 3:20: Baptism by water and by fire

    How would you take to John as preacher in your church? He certainly had an attention grabbing opening: You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Luke 3:7 If a little lacking in pastoral skills 😉 But for a modern audience it actually gets harder, just as John seems [&hellip...

  • E100-51: John 1:1 – 1:18: Mystery as poetry

    Jun 28, 10 • E100, Jesus, JohnComments Off on E100-51: John 1:1 – 1:18: Mystery as poetry
    E100-51: John 1:1 – 1:18: Mystery as poetry

    As a child I loved those old hymns that talked about God as a mystery: Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes… Even if at first I had to ask what some of the words meant 😉 actually understanding the words doesn’t end the mystery… John one has the same [&hellip...

  • E100 Week 11: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ

    Jun 27, 10 • E100, Jesus, John, Luke, Mark, MatthewComments Off on E100 Week 11: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ
    E100 Week 11: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ

    What is a “Gospel”? Not a collection of sayings, because they tell more stories, but not a biography, they almost miss out most of Jesus’ life! We’ll get an idea what Gospels really are by looking at how each Gospel concludes (Matt 28:17-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:51-53; John 20:30-31). Then, the four gospels begin so [&hellip...