Monthly Archives: November 2018

Nov. 28, 2018 psalm 13, john 3, psalm 131, (26)

it is interesting that psalm 30 ends by referring to Israel in masculine  ot the usual feminine.  big discussion of John 3:16 at football games. john 3:18 implies that grace doesn’t save one, sort of once condemned you are lost. Nicodemus is F.s heros by dis using water and spirit. also john talks about the scientific method, probably the Greek influence. also noticetice how john weaves nicodemus into several places into his gospel. john is a more theoretical or philosophical gospel. in verse 5 He says one comes by way of water and the spirit. what is meant by kingdom of God. is it synonymous with heaven? are the various words used for this an attempt to provide people with examples of what is meant by the concept of heaven. 

Nov. 21, 2018 psalm 129, john 2, psalm 146, (19)

The two stories are the wedding at Cana and making wine from water, and the cleansing of the temple. mary is mentioned twice, once at begonning and agsin at the end. my time has yet to come means his time on the cross. what drives his mother’s anxiety,  and why did she turn to Jesus. weddings could last 3-5 days and different people supplied wine at different times, and Jesus could have been referring to that, but the crucifixion may be the stronger of the reasons. Bill recommends the gospel of Mary. joseph had another family and was probably older than Mary. john had likely died by this time.
jesus uses scripture to justify himself as the messiah. john probably knew about the other gospels, but chose to make a different emphasis for his life. this gospel is framed in terms of other things going on in the Jewish world  like  the festival of booths  etc.

Nov. 15, 2018 psalm 39, john 2, psalm 57, (27)

interesting oalm lots of different thoughts. wedding of Cana and the cleansing of the temple  is john deifying the body of christ. c has a book describing the veracity of the gospels and what is described in john 2 is a myth. probably not a christian group, they decided on the color coding byp concensus of a group of 14. this was done by the Jesus Seminar, wartburg seminar thought it interesting but not necessarily good scholarship. peter Block says the only thing we know for sure is that we were born. this is a very depressing thought. then we are left at the mercy of the people putting together a story and then selling it to us. al thinks the scholars in the Jesus Seminar were historical not tainted by the theology of a particular church body. each of us has a truth about my life  but others may have a different view about me. there was a story about Edison that his second grade teacher who sent a note home saying he was desruptive and said he was kicked out of school, his mother told him instead that he was too smart for the school.look what happened to him. pastor miller says that John is trying to tell us something about the nature of jesus.

Nov. 7,2018 psalm 71:1-16, john 1, psalm 71:17-24, (26)

debate about john who wrote and when  probably anywhere from 80-95  could be written by a disciple of john  what does it mean to see the word was god or in the beginning was eternal wisdom  could you say that in the beginning god was pure energy. dirk sees energy is from the spirit. the audience was the Greek people, and greeks understand the idea of logos and didn’t require them to know about Jewish history. maybe why there no parables. maybe true should be real. so what does it mean real light. this could be referring to the idea that jesus came as a real man. the Greek gods had human identities. did john the baptist really not know Jesus. their mothers knew each other well. synagogues used to have pools outside to cleanse before going in. this may be the beginning of baptism as sort of a cleansing act. the muslims have this tradition of cleansing.