Monthly Archives: August 2017

August 22, 2017 Psalm 133, John 7, Psalm 124, (21)

This psalm is set at My. Hermione. At the Syrian border. The festival of booths is a family retreat time. It was discussed in Leviticus. But Jesus said it wasn’t his time. He says this several times in this passage. I think Jesus has been rather shadowy here, appearing and disappearing at well. Verse 24 talks about judging, you should not judging by appearance but judging righteously. The message version says to not nit-pick, but use your head and your heart to discern what is authentically. James was the brother of Jesus and was supposedly the bishop of Jerusalem. Verse 39 says the spirit has not yet come. The spirit seems to appear and reappear at will. In In acts 2:1-13, Pentecost the spirit came to the people in attendance that day. John is much more spiritual than the synoptic gospels. The spirit comes to us repeatedly through the scriptures. Many times we think of the spirit as breath. Last Sunday was the lesser festival of Bernard of Clairvaux. He was the teacher of faith in 1153 ad. The meditation time is to recognize the presence of the spirit. Discussing of family events brings us face to face with other traditions and such things as the overriding demands of sports for our kids these days.  The New World Encyclopedia has the following description of St. Bernard of Clairvaux: “Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – August 21, 1153) was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian monastic order. The dominant voice of Christian conscience in the second quarter of the twelfth century C.E., his authority was decisive in ending the papal schism of 1130. A conservative in theological matters, he forcefully opposed the early scholastic movement of the twelfth century, denouncing its great exponent, Peter Abelard, forcing him into retirement from his teaching position at the University of Paris, and later convicting him of heresy. In association with his former protegé, Pope Eugenius III, he was the primary preacher of the Second Crusade, a cause which failed to achieve the glories he expected of it.” For more info on St. Barnard, go to http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Bernard_of_Clairvaux

August 29, 2017 Psalm 24, John 8:1-38, Psalm 85, (22)

We talked about Harvey and the victims. We talked about the difficulty of people caught in floods. Somewhat of an anomaly in that it starts with a familiar story and that departs and comes back. A question was raised about what Jesus was writing in the sand. Some day it was doodling, others say it was writing the sins of the accusers, others that he was writing the sentence he was going to impose, etc. The study bible has a note that suggests you have to find the people caught in the act and then stone both. The Pharisees were trying to catch Jesus doing something against the law. This was a sin against the law if noises, so they abandoned their responsibility to sentence her and have the Romans do it.

We wouldn’t allow a person to verify what Jesus was saying about himself. But jesus wasn’t trying to get out of a worldly sin, but rather to tell people about his new way of life.

August 15, 2017 Psalm 131, John 6:16-71, Psalm 132 (19)

Vs 14-15 The response of the mob
VS 16-21 a very present help in time of trouble. Jesus walks on water
VS 22-27 the mistaken search — ask for the bread of life from the son of man
VS 28-29 the only true work
Vs 30-34 demand for a sign
Vs 35-40 the bread of life
VS 41-51 the failure of the Jews
VS 51-59 his body and his blood
VS 59-65 the all important spirit
VS 66-71 attitudes to Christ
Would we rather have monotheism? This is written years after this happened and some theology had been developed and was being sold here as well. Does it make a difference if Jesus is God or the son of God? If God is a life force, God can appear however he wants to. But this is hard to accept for some. This the reference to the last day and we will be taken into heaven. Many of the Jews didn’t believe in life after death so Jesus is introducing this to his disciples. Some of the people with him were disciples beyond the 12, sort of like groupies. These people aren’t really named but they undoubtedly helped spread the word about Jesus to their friends.

August 8, 2017 Psalm 129 (A Pilgrim’s Song), John 6:1-15, Psalm 130, (16)

Mention the Church of the Multiplication and the vandalism that occurred. Verses 1-15 is the fee ding of the 5000. The only miracle recorded in all gospels. Mr. 14:13-21, Mk. 6:32’44, Lk. 9:10-17. Case 15 Jesus withdrew so they wouldn’t make him king. Vs 16-21 Jesus walking on water. Note how they didn’t recognize him. Vs 22-40, the bread of life. Al mentioned the metaphor of bread made by humans, fish by God, baskets by people. The people wanted something physical like foo d or deliverance from the Romans. Is there a difference between NT god and OT god Jesus. We got into a discussion of hierarchy and why God chose that time for Jesus at the time of the Romans. How does a leader get made.

August 8, 2017 Psalm 129, John 6:1-15, Psalm 130 (16)

Mention the Church of the Multiplication and the vandalism that occurred. Verses 1-15 is the fee ding of the 5000. The only miracle recorded in all gospels. Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:32’44, Luke 9:10-17. Case 15 Jesus withdrew so they wouldn’t make him king. Vs 16-21 . Al mentioned the metaphor of bread made by humans, fish by God, baskets by people. The people wanted something physical like food or deliverance from the Romans. Is there a difference between NT god and OT god Jesus. We got into a discussion of hierarchy and why God chose that time for Jesus at the time of the Romans. How does a leader get made.

August 1, 2017 Pssalm 143, John 5, Psalm 150, (22)

We had a discussion about the death penalty for healing on the Sabbath. What about the link between sinning and the consequences of that sinning. Jesus cured him with a word so that the man didn’t need the water. There was no mention of faith here as there have been in other healing. The authority of the son is a somewhat confusing section of text, but introduces the concept of eternal life. Jesus said that Moses had prophesied about Jesus being the messiah. If Jesus is God’s equal why does he have to be educated. Dan says that Jesus is coequal with God. In born humility you walk with the gospel and it inflames you with the spirit.