December 22, 2015, Psalm 110, Luke 6:17-38, Psalm 2 (19)

Is there a reference to the Messiah being the son of God in the Bible? Al has been puzzling about this. This was a reference used by a number of rulers at the time to aggrandize themselves. Although there does not appear to be a reference to the Messiah being the Son of God in the Old Testament, there are many references in the New Testament, including a reference of a voice from on high saying this is my son in whom I am well pleased. Some say that it was an alternative to saying Messiah. It is different from the concept of the Trinity which says God the Son and asserts not only that he was the Son of God, but God himself.

Matthew uses kingdom of heaven, and Luke and others use kingdom of God. Jesus teaches about the gospel of the kingdom of God and can be seen as God’s plan for the earth. Only Matthew uses the reference to Kingdom of Heaven and there are parallel references in other gospels to the same circumstance being referred to as the Kingdom of God, for xample Matthew 4:17 and Mark 1:15, and Matthew 5:3-10 adn Luke 6:20-22, as well as others.

What about all the references to the wealthy and they will not receive the kingdom of God. What about the rich man having more trouble getting to heaven than a camel through the eye of a needle. We are the rich. Woe to you who rich for you have received your reward. Maybe people thought it was gods blessing to be rich and he was saying no if you think that you have  already received your reward. The point is that it is what we do with what we have. St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myrna, gave all he had away. So did Francis of Assisi. You give as you are able. Do these passages refer to this life or the next? What is the Greek word for rich, precio, much. Are cooperatives and communual living short term responses to adversity which can’t exist long term. For example, the Amana Colonies were created out of a need to survive, but changed their form in the 30’s. They were part of a German group called the Community of the True Inspiration or teh church of the true inspiration. The group led by Christian Metz left Germany to find religious freedom in the US in 1843-44. The leaders took the name Amana from the Song of Solomon 4:8.

There are 3 uses of the law, civil use, convict you of sin, establish your relationship with God and how you should live.