Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 25, 2016 psalm 120, I Peter 1:1-12, psalm 121, (21)

It might be written by Sylvanis, Peters secretary. It was written to the dispersion as an evangelical piece. Some say it is like Paul and could have been part of the writings of Paul and his associates. Take this is the word of God whether or not it is written by Peter. It was probably written for converted Jews. I peter looks similar to Ephesians. A question came up about whether peter was first pope? The early leaders in the east were called by the Greek for papas which by the 11th century became pope in English. Jesus resurrection is the defining aspect that sets him apart from someone who does miracles and preaches be good to others and to the poor. Then the Ascension comes. Was foreknowledge in verse 2 predestination?
Luther’s 95 thesis.
This is a treatise on the selling of indulgences to build st. Peters and all the statuary and gold incorporated in it. Luther says forgiveness is not for sale. This is also an argument of salvation by faith.

October 18, 2016 psalm 147:1-11, Luke 24 psalm 147:12-20 (21)

The monks at st. Mallory read Psalms 4 and 94 and they start with 135. Luke has a wonderful story of what the resurrection means to people. Jesus continues to teach after his resurrection. Al talked about the council of Nicea which decided on the books included in the Bible. There was a great deal of political dealings and even Alexander was involved. Why was his identity hidden? So many things in his ministry he seemed to want to keep private. Why? Maybe he felt that common man couldn’t expect he would arise from the dead. It never occurred to them that he would come back from the dead and so he felt he needed to introduce them to this gradually. The study Bible says Luke was writing for two audiences, the people of Jesus time as a history, and secondly for all the followers of Jesus over the ages. Then it is possibly a marketing ploy to let his followers in on the inside story. In verse 24, they came and found the stone rolled away. This lends some credibility to the story by naming the people with each other. A reference to Hebrews 7:23-26 is a strong indication of the need for a pope. Al suggests Luther’s 95 theses should be studied by our group

October 11, 2016 psalm 65:1-8, Luke 24 psalm 65:9-12 (23)

This was the whole crucifixion story. Lots of changes happen here, Herod and Pilate become friends, there is the trial and lots of accusations and upset people. Verse 34 doesn’t appear in all versions. Barabbas was probably someone who led a rebellion and was desired to lead the Jews against the Romans. Al says it would be very unlikely for the Romans to release someone who might then lead a revolt against the Romans. This is a strange circumstance since we have barabus who was convicted by the Romans of insurrection and murder whereas they found Jesus innocent. The crowd must have been out of control. The Jewish leaders must have been really convincing. Verse 3 says when asked if he was king of the Jews responded you have said so. There was a discussion of the language used here but I think it would have been the language of the people at that time but written in Greek by Luke many years later. Latin was the official language of the romans, but lots of citizens didn’t speak it. Under Alexander the great koine Greek became the language of the day. Mark 15:34 is the translation of a couple of Aramaic dialects into Greek. Matthew 27:46 says for this I was spared but they don’t say from what he was spared. But Matthew adds that Jesus said this was our destiny. Jesus said you will face adversity and there will be a decline in your current circumstances. There are lots of characters to discuss here.

October 4, 2016 psalm 86:1-11, Luke 23 psalm 86:12-17, (18)

The passion of our Lord. Jesus says the disciples should sell a cloak in order to buy a sword but then when peter uses it Jesus rebuked him for doing so. Dan brought up Mel Gibson’s film and how graphic was the description of the passion and death of Jesus. Frank has an article about the physical death of Jesus and how terrible it was. What was peter afraid of when he denied Jesus? The other disciples had scattered when Jesus was taken, but peter had followed along at a distance and was probably afraid the High priests would take him into custody as well. There are 3 cups described here , the cup of plagues, cup of redemption, cup of acceptance or praise. The 4th cup will be drunk in eternity and the hyssop of  The traditional use of cups was created at this time. The Eucharist is tied to the third cup, and therefore to the Passover. Why isn’t Passover and Easter at the same time. The disciples were probably interested in knowing who would be the leader after Christ and continue the movement. The Jewish people probably weren’t benefiting from the Romans like their leaders. Was it common to share a drink at every meal or was it special and have special meaning. In verse 20 Jesus announces the new covenant to save us but then almost right away he talks of and how judas is headed for his doom.

Sept. 27, 2016 Psalm 86:1-11, Luke 22, Psalm 86:12-17 (18)

This is Luke’s version of the passion of our Lord. Jesus says the disciples should sell a cloak in order to buy a sword but then when peter uses it Jesus rebuked him for doing so. Dan brought up Mel Gibson’s film and how graphic was the description of the passion and death of Jesus. Frank has an article about the physical death of Jesus and how terrible it was. What was peter afraid of when he denied Jesus? The other disciples had scattered when Jesus was taken, but peter had followed along at a distance and was probably afraid the High priests would take him into custody as well. There are 3 cups described here , the cup of plagues, cup of redemption, cup of acceptance or praise. The 4th cup will be drunk in eternity and the hyssop of  The traditional use of cups was created at this time. The Eucharist is tied to the third cup, and therefore to the Passover. Why isn’t Passover and Easter at the same time. The disciples were probably interested in knowing who would be the leader after Christ and continue the movement. The Jewish people probably weren’t benefiting from the Romans like their leaders. Was it common to share a drink at every meal or was it special and have special meaning. In verse 20 Jesus announces the new covenant to save us but then almost right away he talks of and how Judas is headed for his doom.