Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 29, 2016 Psalm 129, Luke 9:37-62, Psalm 130 (23)

Brian led the group today as we discussed Jesus’ activities after the transfiguration.  A lot of it dealt with the disciples activities trying to do healing and not having the faith necessary to do so. We also discussed the difficulty of understanding what Jesus was all about and what he had to do.

. Heading on Lutheran Study Bible Jesus heals boy with demon. Al asked if this meant Jesus healed him or the demon healed him? Jesus rebuked the people as faithless about the disciples ability to heal. But maybe when he said someone was failthless he was referring to the disciples not the people. Since In Matthew the disciples asked why they couldn’t heal the boy and Jesus said they had too little faith. Does this mean we don’t have the faith to heal unless Jesus gave it to them. We discussed whether we could do amazing things if we only had faith. They were all amazed as the greatness of God, does it mean Jesus glowed or something like that.

We are forgetful people and need to be reminded of what Jesus is and what he can do. Mark writes about Jesus in a very human and yet godly way. What does mean about the least among us is the greatest. Do we make things too complicated and so he says to believe like a child. Jesus predicts his suffering and death, but the disciples fail to understand this.

In verse 45 who was concealing what has happened really means. Were they still thinking he will be an earthly king. Maybe it is not so simple but he is turning the order of things upside down. If after saying this maybe the disciples were competing to be the humblest among them. Jesus is asking them to be radical.

Why was Jesus demanding so much from them. Jesus told them to go out and proclaim the kingdom of God. Is there where Martin Luther says, if something in Scripture bothers you move on to another part of Scripture. What is Jesus demanding we do? We can carry out our family obligations but remember that it is most important to proclaim the kingdom of God. Discipleship is change and what does Jesus say discipleship is all about. Jesus is saying you need to go forth NOW. We can’t let all these excuses getting in the way. We tend to become what we pretend to be. (CS Lewis complements of Bill) It appeared that the disciples never did get it, because they all disappeared when he was arrested and none of them appeared at the cross, only the women were there. The women went to the tomb as well. Why was Jesus’ true mission concealed?

March 22, 2016 Psalm 127, Luke 9:28-36, Psalm 128 (21)

The transfiguration. Al asked how they would know what Moses and Elijah looked like? What about the statement in 33 of Peter, not knowing what he said. Possibly the futility of prolonging the moment, or building an image that people would worship almost like an idol. Is this the point where the 3 disciples have seen the coming of the kingdom of God. Pope Benedict says this is the view of the kingdom of God that Jesus had promised that some would see before they died. Jesus was made a lens through whom the kingdom of God could be seen. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-jesus-transfiguration

We have done all sorts of things to commemorate Jesus life, are they wrong? This is about Jesus praying and then something happened, the transfiguration. This was about the middle of the ministry. What is the kingdom of God. Is it an experience or a frame of reference or a way of life. Kingdom of God is wherever God’s presence is celebrated. It is all about the good news. The focus of Jesus is to get his disciples to go do something in his name. Jesus told the disciples to keep quiet about this event.

Mt. Tabor is said to be the site of the transfiguration as opposed to Mt. Herman. Here is a description.  Modern Har Tavor, Tiberian Har Tāḇôr, Arabic: جبل الطور, Jabal aṭ-Ṭūr) is located in Lower Galilee, Israel, at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, 11 miles (18 km) west of the Sea of Galilee. It was the site of the Mount Tabor battle between Barak under the leadership of the Israelite judge Deborah, and the army of Jabin commanded by Sisera, in the mid 12th century BC. It is believed by manyChristians to be the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus.[

 

March 15, 2016, Psalm 125, Luke 9:21-27, Psalm 126 (18)

Psalm seems rather uninspired, but yet it talks about a rock that is a foundation for us. Mark says that Psalm 88 is a real downer, but the psalms provide the basis for prayers for all of us, just some do it better than others.

Here Jesus is talking about his upcoming death and urging the disciples to continue to follow him. It also talks about the upcoming Kingdom of God that will come in splendor even in the lifetime of some of the disciples. Is Jesus a suffering Jesus or a glorified Jesus. What was their place in the world. He was probably making a challenge to the authorities. Did Jesus die for our sins? We need to figure out why did Jesus have to die. If we don’t have the sacrificial lamb, then why have Jesus die. It is a revolution in how God did things from the blood and guts of the wars of Joshua, David, and Abraham. Verse 27, did the kingdom of God happen in their lifetime? The resurrection was the game changer. Why did Jesus do this? to save us? The Message version is almost a pep talk by Jesus. What does it mean to take up your cross and follow Jesus. John mentioned cells or caves in Syria for monks in earlier times. The thought that would get them closer to God. Don’t be like a working ox going around in a circle to accomplish their work but pull up your stake and follow Jesus in his message. Luther was hardly unique except for his enduring melancholy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Psalm 123, Luke 9:12-22, Psalm 124 (20)

This story is the feeding of the 5000 by Jesus. The setting for the story is that the disciples have just come back from mission trips where they had demonstrated the power to heal and cast out demons and to preach about what Jesus was teaching. Mark suggested that he had begun to understand this as a miracle of the heart, in that Jesus suggested that Jesus organized the people in groups of 50 and then told the disciples to minister to them by feeding them. Is the miracle  that Jesus got them all together and share what they had with others. It is the case that people had to come a considerable distance to see him so that it is more than likely that more people than one boy would have had food and the trick might have been to get everyone to share with others the food that they had. So it could have been seen as a large potluck. So the organization of the meal by Jesus is what the miracle is all about. Does this explanation diminish the act. It does say there is some miraculous thing happening to provide the food. Is this a story about sharing or a miraculous story about providing food for thousands of people. The Lutheran Study bread links this episode with that of feeding the people of the Exodus by God thru Moses. This is what happens when you trust in Jesus, he provides for you. When you name something as a necessity it is provided. This story is in each of the Gospels. (The feeding of the 5,000. This is a miracle of the heart, and the miracle is that Jesus got them all together and share what they had with others. So the organization of the meal by Jesus is what the miracle is all about. Does this explanation diminish the act. It does say there is some miraculous thing happening to provide the food. Is this a story about sharing or a miraculous story about providing food for thousands of people. The Luth. Study bread links this episode with that of feeding the people of the Exodus by God thru Moses. This is what happens when you trust in Jesus, he provides for you. When you name something as a necessity it is provided. This story in each of the Gospels.The feeding of the 5,000. This is a miracle of the heart, and the miracle is that Jesus got them all together and share what they had with others. So the organization of the meal by Jesus is what the miracle is all about. Does this explanation diminish the act. It does say there is some miraculous thing happening to provide the food. Is this a story about sharing or a miraculous story about providing food for thousands of people. The Luth. Study bread links this episode with that of feeding the people of the Exodus by God thru Moses. This is what happens when you trust in Jesus, he provides for you. When you name something as a necessity it is provided. This story in each of the Gospels. (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, John 6:1-15) Each of the other gospels actually says that they had 5 loaves and 2 fish and that Jesus blessed them and told the disciples to distribute them to the people. After they finsihed, there was 12 baskets left over. Should we be teaching children about sharing from this story rather than the miracle of producing the food. Is the real miracle here the opening of the disciples hearts to promote sharing to provide the food to people. This followed Jesus sending the disciples out to preach, teach, and do miracles and depend on the people for your sustenance. Now they are asked to provide for the people.

Jesus asked who do you say that I am, and Peter says you are the Christ of God. Jesus keeps saying being the Messiah is complicated and the disciples don’t understand. Jesus will win not by conquering people like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, etc., but by being a martyr who will win by losing. Is this a better way to conquer the people. Should we be teaching children about sharing from this story rather than the miracle of producing the food. Is the real miracle here the opening of the disciples hearts to promote sharing to provide the food to people. This followed Jesus sending the disciples out to preach, teach, and do miracles and depend on the people for your sustenance. Now they are asked to provide for the people.