Monthly Archives: April 2018

April 10, 2018 Psalm 77:1-20, Mark 4, Psalm 43 (20)

Psalm 77 talks about the problems of old age but ends in praise to God. i. mark he talks about sinners. who were the sinners and were they called sinners publicly? Were they tax collectors? the revenues went to Rome for the temple of Jupiter. this was a terrible thing for the Jews. in that society honor meant wealth. what is Jesus saying to us not to put new wine in old wine skins. Is this saying that the old system is defunct and we need to move to Jesus’ system. God doesn’t cause bad things to happen. but if He is all powerful, why can’t He stop bad things from happen? What does this mean about repentance? How did Jesus perceive what the scribes were thinking, maybe it was the way they looked at him. Is confession central to absolution? Jesus heals the paralytic because of the faith of the people who carried him there. Jesus uses the words ‘son of man’ to stress his humanity. Why would Jesus emphasize his humanity when he was imparting forgiveness to someone, a godly task? Is faith intellectual ascent or is it trust? Hebrews contains the meaning of faith. To Abraham it meant righteousness. in matter evangelical churches they focus on how to follow Jesus. the disciples of John were a source of division as compared to Jesus’ disciples.

April 11, 2018 Psalm 130, Mark 6, Psalm 132 (25)

THIS IS A CHAPTER about faith. he started out saying he didn’t heal in Nazareth because they didn’t believe him. we are taught faith comes thru the Holy Spirit not by our efforts. Yet when he got in the boat with his disciples he hardened their hearts. Jesus just walked on the water and yet they didn’t believe. However Jesus then went and healed many people. pastor M. says this, particularly the empowering of the 12, is about the partnership in the ministry. norm says many times when asked to do something he is overwhelmed by the task but by faith he can do it or he joined with others to accomplish the task. how about the story of John the Baptist. he was killed on the whim of a teen aged girl influenced by her mother. Compare death of Jesus and John. Both killed by a leader whose hand was forced by the crowd or someone else, disciples didn’t claim Jesus’ body but they did claim john except his head. The audience was gentiles in Rome. Mark was written to help the people outside of Palestine. This was written just at the reign of Niro. What about shaking the dust off their feet if not received warmly. This is like cursing the town or the people therein. John the Baptist was upset by Herod marrying his brother’s wife which was a violation of Jewish law. And Herod was upset by this killed john without consulting with the Jews or the Romans.

April 4, 2018 Psalm 112, Mark 5, Psalm 129 (24)

steve read about the pope’s comment about hell for bill’ s benefit. we talked about what some versions talked about a horn blaring in verse 9. we didnt reach a conclusion. this is all about healing. jesus actually told someone he was healing to tell people he was healed by jesus. but then he told Jairus not to tell others abiut the healing. Dan brought up the topic of Martin Luther King’s death 50 years ago. this was just after his famous Mountain Top speech. It is a different path than jesus healing others. we talked about the racial problem that exists even to thus day even here in Iowa City. This whole chapter talks about the purity of the temple. we talked about the woman who touched his robe and felt the power left him and healed her. Did jesus know who had touched him, but yet he frequently told people not to tell about the healing. it is a premise that God gives us faith. Does that mean God can withhold faith from us?

April 3, 2018 Psalm 139:1-12, Mark 3, Psalm 139:13-24 (26)

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
“Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
“If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand —  when I awake, I am still with you.”
Jesus selected the disciples and renamed them. he had already started his ministry and he called the disciples as early as possible. the question was raised about how early the disciples were named. but it appears that this time of choosing the disciples is similar in all the gospels. the unforgivable sin (28-30) is to blaspheme the holy spirit, but it is different in Hebrews and Matthew. we discussed work on the Sabbath because of the controversy the Pharisees started about Jesus healing the leper on the Sabbath. blaspheming the holy spirit is to deny the work of the spirit. what is the Holy Spirit? does this not conflict with the trinity? the doctrine of the trinity answers the question of the different persons referred to as God. Is the Holy Spirit a force within us for good? Chuck sees the Holy Spirit as the enabling force of God. did the painters like Michelangelo do us a disservice by giving us a representation of God. for some their belief in faith is more trust in God  rather than intellectual belief.