Archive for May, 2019

(let the reader understand)

15 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), 16 then those in Judea must flee to the mountains

This paranthetical comment makes it obvious that a scribe added to the text.

Not a big deal if your approach to the Bible is flexible and not entirely literal.

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Commentary on vv. 9-14

David Guzik’s Commentary is a helpful tool.

The New Testament has other future-oriented passages in Thessalonians and Revelation.

It’s still all cryptic to me.

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Verses 9-14

9 “Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 Then many will fall away,[c] and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news[d] of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

Today’s western Christian often loves the idea of being persecuted.

But this fantasy falls away in the face of real persecutions.

I find it interesting how narratives are created to provide the appearance of persecution. President Trump uses this approach effectively to rally his base.

I wonder what specific contexts Jesus had in mind when speaking these words.

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The End of the Age

These links are a part of dispensationalism and Left Behind culture.

The End of the Age

The End of the Age

I suspect this is a contemporary, and very Gentile, overlay of different concepts.

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3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’[a] and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines[b] and earthquakes in various places: 8 all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

Jesus begins to paint a picture of “The End of the Age.”

I wonder what he and his disciples have in mind when using this phrase.

Perhaps this phrase shows up in Torah and other Jewish writings.

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John Haught’s Philosophy

In the latest Homebrewed Christianity podcast, I was introduced to the following philosophical framework:

  • Past Focus = Materialist Reductivism
  • Present Focus = Platonist Idealism
  • Future Focus = Narrative Becoming

According to Dr. Haught, he claims that Jesus and the Bible are philosophically most similar to a Future Focus.

This chapter is a strong example of Future Focused narrative.

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Jesus Sets The Stage

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down” (vv. 1-2, NIV)

Jesus has finished debating the religious leaders in front of the crowds.

This is an opportunity to share more intimate lessons with his disciples.

I wonder why Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple. Maybe it has to do with his intense arguments with the Temple leaders in the previous chapters.

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Matthew 24

Key verse:

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3, NIV)

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Verses 13-36

by Sarah, 2019 Greece CSD Art Show at the Mall

Jesus lists 7 Woes. He’s mad at the religious leaders.

Imagine his reaction to today’s American religious establishment!

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Commentaries on Jesus’ Prohibitions Against Titles

David Guzik’s Commentary

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

This one volume commentary was prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown and published in 1871

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

Wikibooks, uncertain authorship

The main common theme is that Jesus himself accepted titles at times. Paul also used “forbidden” honorifics. This supports a non-literal reading.

Instead, Jesus is warning against allowing titles to lead us into sinful pride and spiritual arrogance. The Body of Christ is a body of equals.

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