Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 26, 2017 Psalm 27, John 11, Psalm 28 (21)

Bill  gave a handout of the miracles of Jesus. John has fewer miracles than the other gospel writers. There were a number of people who claimed to be doing miracles, so it was important for Jesus to have this evidence that he was the messiah. Where was Lazarus during the 2 days till he was raised. Jesus felt people must believe in this miracle. John is the only one who has this miracle. Dan referred to YouTube documents on alpha about the value of this. Nicki gumbo is the researcher on this. A question was raised about which john wrote whether it was john the apostle or john the elder. Did Lazarus  say anything after he was brought back to life. Jesus says he is doing this for the crowd. A note in the text says the Jews believed the soul left the body after 3 days so Jesus waited the 4 days to make sure the people knew he was dead. Thus it would be a real miracle and Jesus adds to his credentials as the messiah. The bible doesn’t say Jesus raised Lazarus, but he petitioned God to raise him from the dead. Then he thanks God for bringing Lazarus back to life. In verse 25, Jesus says that whoever believes in me shall never die. So why do people die. There is a note to the effect that everyone dies but we live in the hope of resurrection

September 19, 2017 Psalm 25-1-10, John 10, Psalm 25:11-22 (17)

We had a discussion about sheep as john 10 is about. Jesus was talking about his divinity. Notice that he slipped away when they were about to stone him. There are slight discrepancies between 30, 36, and 38 about his relationship with God. He says he is God and also son of God. Verse 16 seems to refer to all the others to whom his ministry is directed. The Mormons think it is about them. Supposedly Jesus came to the Mormons in new York and was supposedly inviting them into his kingdom. Maybe Jesus was using the shepherd as the magnet for the people to follow him as the sheep followed their shepherd. Would the shepherd actually lay down his life for the sheep. But a hired hand would not according to David in Samuel. Why did they want to kill Jesus? If God didn’t a discussion, he shouldn’t have chosen the Jews to be the people to whom Jesus came. Here Jesus says here that they should believe that the miracles he has done are from God.

September 12, 2017 psalm 18:1-24, john 8:49-59,Ch. 9 psalm 18:25- (21)

David described God as all fire and brimstone, but he saves us for good works. Here Jesus says he is the son of God, whereas before others proclaimed he is the son of God. John 3:16 is more encompassing, but here he is more confrontational with the Jewish leaders. Other gospels are more forthright but it seems there is a healing of a blind man. Note Jesus says he is i am who I am and lived before Abraham.  How do you respond when you came face to face with a miracle. The Pharisees expressed disbelief. When should you say that someone is wrong? Do you wait until it is dangerous to them? There are stories about near death experiences which may be the basis for CPR. Did Jesus intentionally heal on the Sabbath to spite the Jews. The purpose of this book is to convince  people to believe that Jesus was the Son of God. Knowledge becomes certainty when you surrender to it. Then you live according to Jesus’ precepts. How is trust conveyed. What does it take before you believe someone? It is getting to be difficult when there are various criteria on what is the truth. It is more than the president. We have become inured to marketing campaigns that are based on various levels of truth. It is also things that take away the trust in others, like the first offer from Equifax upon the loss of 142 million identities. They said they would give credit protection for a year but would require your credit card so that they could start charging you for the service at the end of the year. They also required you to hold them harmless in the event of a loss even if it was their fault. You could not sue them over any identity loss. Also three of their top officials sold off $2M worth of stock 3 days after the identity loss was identified, but before being publicly exposed. It amounted to 7% of the CFO’s holdings. He said he didn’t know about the security breach. His sale was not part of some planned sale either. What a hypocrite.

September 5, 2017 Psalm 23, John 31-48, Psalm 95 (24)

we start with verses 31-48, and it could be seen as boring.  People do think of themselves as being free, but we are slaves or subordinates of many factors. However freedom entails responsibility. Sometimes we give up our life for freedom as when you join the military. This is talking about freedom the law?? take up the stake that holds you in a rut of life. Maybe we are talking about the freedom from ignorance. Are we chosen, or do we take our relationship with God. You can see how Jesus turned things upside down with the Jews. Why should we follow Jesus? Do we treat our fellow man like Jesus would have done. Did people understand the difference between being children of Abraham or following Jesus? People hijack God for their purposes. For example Joel Osteen with his gospel of prosperity.