Monthly Archives: May 2018

May 30, 2018 Psalm 56, Mark 13, Psalm 70 (28)

this is the parable of the tenants and the landowner was extraordinarily patient. so the vineyard owner God and he sent prophets who are mistreated or killed and finally his son. the people were probably the Israelis at that time. also should they pay taxes to Caesar? then the woman with 7 brothers as husbands. this whole chapter is about giving and the first story is about what is due to God, the second is what is due to Caesar. it finally ends with the poor widow giving everything. he is speaking out against the Herodians who were the leaders of the Jews at that time. this gospel came out in the 70-80s amid the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. the Herodians were people working with and for Herod in the 30s. this chapter is about the rabbi type of questioning, challenge and response format. the last section of Ch. 11 questioned Jesus authority and in 12 his answers to rabbinic questions which were intended to trip him up. Babylon was a veiled reference to Rome because you didn’t criticize the Romans. anathema was the split between those who had to pay the temple tax and those who didn’t. early Christians didn’t want to pay taxes so said they weren’t Jews. this raised the whole problem of whether Christians had to become Jews first. the Sadducees only believed in the Pentateuch.

May 23, 2018 Psalm 97, Mark 13, Psalm 134 (27)

this is the parable of the tenants and the landowner who was extraordinarily patient. so the vineyard owner was God and he sent prophets who are mistreated or killed and finally his son. the people were probably the Israelis at that time. Also the issue of paying taxes to Caesar was brought up by the Pharisees to catch Jesus.  then the Sadducees who don’t believe in life after death brought the dilemma of the woman with 7 brothers as husbands. this whole chapter is about giving and the first story is about what is due to God, the second is what is due to Caesar. it finally ends with the poor widow giving everything. he is speaking out against the Herodians who were the leaders of the Jews at that time. this gospel came out in the 70-80s amid the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. the Herodians were people working with and for Herod in the 30s. this chapter is about the rabbi type of questioning, challenge and response format. the last section of Ch. 11 questioned Jesus authority and in 12 his answers to rabbinic questions which were intended to trip him up. Babylon was a veiled reference to Rome because you didn’t criticize the Romans. anathema was the split between those who had to pay the temple tax and those who didn’t. early Christians didn’t want to pay taxes so said they weren’t Jews. this raised the whole problem of whether Christians had to become Jews first. the Sadducees only believed in the Pentateuch.

May 16, 2018 Psalm 81, Mark 11, Psalm 83 (25)

tom is back!! this is all about authority and where Jesus got the authority he had. why did he curse the fig tree? the fruitless fig tree is symbolic of the fruitless Israeli people. in that day fig trees belonged to the person who planted it. work without faith is fruitless. he was foretelling the destruction of the temple. before this chapter we have had a lot of healing, now we get the judgment from Jesus. supposedly the people were praising him with the words of psalms 113-118. I am not so sure about the crowd gather and praising him so spontaneously. what are you praying for? verse 24 says whatever you ask in prayer believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Jesus is praying for us. What should we be praying for, maybe it is for safeness or strength and fulfillment. is prayer anything than self talking preparing fir what may will happen. the eastern form of prayer is more contemplative and focuses on listening to God. is there something about what we pray for that requires us to change something about ourselves. the question could be why not act towards others as we would like to happen. only be peaceful with those like us is easy.

May 9, 2018 Psalm 23, Mark 10, Psalm 113 (25)

Adam told about a shepherd, a young girl, who fought off jackals for her sheep. Mark talks about divorce and the difficulty of coming into heaven. bill says obviously Jesus was talking to a very selfish person, he wasn’t talking about us for whom money and possessions aren’t the center of our lives. it is difficult to know when the Bible is inerrant and when you ignore it. are we in the kingdom now and what does that mean. if you can’t earn it, why come. with God, everything is possible or else why are we here. we can’t be good enough to save our self. the point of emphasis of thus chapter is the healing of Bartimaeus was done by his faith. In Germany the nation creates the church funding and to change or drop membership you have to go thru paperwork with the country. Is Jesus espousing predestination? But who do you trust in Jesus, or yourself, or someone else or just have faith. the chapter goes back and forth between simple ways to belief and things that stand in our ways.

May 23, 2018 psalm 97 Mark 12, psalm 134 (28)

this is the parable of the tenants and the landowner was extraordinarily patient. If the vineyard owner God and he sent prophets who are mistreated or killed and finally his son. the people were probably the Israelis at that time. also should they pay taxes to Caesar? then the woman with 7 brothers as husbands. this whole chapter is about giving and the first story is about what is due to God, the second is what is due to Caesar. it finally ends with the poor widow giving everything. he is speaking out against the Herodians who were the leaders of the Jews at that time. this gospel came out in the 70-80s amid the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. the Herodians were people working with and for Herod in the 30s. this chapter is about the rabbi type of questioning, challenge and response format. the last section of Ch. 11 questioned Jesus authority and in 12 his answers to rabbinic questions which were intended to trip him up. Babylon was a veiled reference to Rome because you didn’t criticize the Romans. anathema was the split between those who had to pay the temple tax and those who didn’t. early Christians didn’t want to pay taxes so said they weren’t Jews. this raised the whole problem of whether Christians had to become Jews first. the Sadducees only believed in the Pentateuch.