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28. The 12 Apostles

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Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve written and I’m sorry about that. We had some family stuff going on that distracted me from writing. But I’m back and my goal is to post at least once if not twice a week.

Enough of that stuff, let’s get into God’s word!

This time we will be looking at the first time the 12 apostles are listed all together. Today’s reading can also be found in Mark 3:13-19 but I am going to focus on Luke’s version of events:

“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.” (Luke 6:12-16 NIV)

I was thinking of all the ways we could approach this reading: we could look at name origins, we could look at what it means to be an apostle… but there is one thing that keeps drawing my attention, “and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor,” (verse 16). It really makes me stop and think because Jesus is God, right? And God knows everything, right? So it follows that Jesus would have known what Judas was going to do so why call him to be a close companion? I mean these are his most intimate friends- his cohorts in crime, if you will. Yet, Jesus purposely called Judas to be one of his closest allies knowing he was going to betray him to the enemy. Not only that but he put him in charge of their money knowing that Judas would steal from them (John 12:1-6). I’m not saying that Jesus should have tried to thwart God’s plan of him being turned over to be crucified but did it have to come from a “friend”? But yet isn’t this what God does for us? Doesn’t he call us to be his close friend knowing we will betray him through our sin? Yes, he does. He invites us into his inner circle knowing we will turn our backs on him. He gives us control of the money bags knowing our propensity to steal. This is the heart of grace. Speaking from personal experience, I am the biggest of sinners. I have turned my back on God more times than I care to tell you about. I am Judas Iscariot. I have taken God’s trust and broken it. Even still, God forgives me. He accepts my sincere apology each and every time and removes my sin. I don’t claim to understand it- I just know it happens even though I don’t deserve it.

My question is this- do we realize how pitiful our situation is? Do we realize how closely we relate to Judas? And because of that do we realize the extent of God’s forgiveness? Do we realize the depths of his love for us despite our poor choices and blatant betrayal? Or do we think that we are doing God a favor by loving him? Do we forget the height from which we have fallen? The danger of forgetting the miserable state from which we came is we become judgmental people who think we are not nearly as bad as others. Yes, God has cleaned me up inside and out but there was a time I was like a rotting corpse. The stench permeated my soul. Then God graciously brought me to new life through Christ. How am I to look down at someone else? Yet this is the danger that faces us. Once saved it is easy to forget the old, embrace the new, and forget how terrible our position was; we forget that we were all Judases at one point. And instead of wanting to share our new found love, we point fingers at others who have “worse sins” than ours.

I know, you never expected all of this from a list of names but it is important to remember that from which we have been saved. Judas always gets a bad wrap for being a bad guy and we tend to forget that we are no better. Never forget that you have God’s grace because you were first a sinner- first class.

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15. Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law

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Today, let’s look at the time Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law. Once again, I am combining three separate books to get a more comprehensive reading:

As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. (Mark 1:29-31)

At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one,he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah. (Luke 4:40-41)

 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.” (Matthew 8:17)

Remember from our last study, Jesus was in the synagogue teaching when a demon possessed man interrupted his teaching. You can read about it here. Now the service is over and Jesus and his disciples head to the home of Peter’s mother-in-law for a traditional Sabbath meal. You can insert your jokes about going from a demon possessed man to your mother-in-law here if you’d like, lol. But for Peter this was no laughing matter because his mother-in-law was sick. Really sick. It says she, “was in bed with a fever.” It is important to note several things here. First, Luke (who was a physician and would know about such things) says in his version of events that she had a “high fever.” Second, the verb “was” in bed indicates that this was an ongoing thing, that she had been sick for some time. Keep in mind a high fever is dangerous, especially without the use of modern medicine to control it. As soon as Peter learns that his mother-in-law is sick, he told Jesus about her. I love how Mark captures the healing. he simply says, “So [Jesus] went to her, took her hand and helped her up.” We see that Jesus’ touch is enough to heal. It doesn’t say he prayed, it doesn’t say he needed to anoint with oil, He simply touched her. I’m not saying these things are bad, I’m just observing how Jesus did it. I find something else interesting about how he healed her. He didn’t say, “Your sins are forgiven,” meaning that sometimes sin makes people ill. When this happens the sin must be forgiven before healing can happen. This is the case in the story of the paralyzed man found in Luke 5:17-26. But we see in the case of Peter’s mother-in-law that sometimes people get sick for reasons other than sin and demon-possession. I believe that all pain and suffering, that is not the result of demon-posession and sin itself, is caused by the effect of sin in the world. Once sin entered the world there was a huge rift in the normal order of things and both the physical world and the spiritual world suffered from it. That’s a whole separate Bible study though. Anyway, back to Peter’s mother-in-law… after Jesus heals her she isn’t just better, she is fully restored to her former strength. We see this in that she gets up and begins to get dinner ready.

We are going to continue by looking at the passage that immediately follows the one we just discussed. Jesus and his disciples have eaten their Sabbath meal and the sun has set. This is an important detail that Mark mentions. Sabbath ran from sundown Friday night to sun down Saturday night. When Luke says, “At sunset” he is telling us that the Sabbath is over and the people begin coming to Jesus. Why is this important? Because healing on the Sabbath was breaking Pharisaical laws. No one, no matter how sick, wanted to break the laws. All that ceremonial washing and stuff you had to go through to be considered righteous was a pain in the butt. Most of the healed were already going to have to undergo purification by the priests as it was.

Let’s see how Jesus heals the people. Once again we see Jesus laying his hands on the sick and once again it is important to notice what he doesn’t do. It’s also worth noting that not everyone who is sick is sick because of demons. It says, “demons came out of many people,” not all people, yet all were healed. And once again it doesn’t say anything about Jesus forgiving sins. So we learned earlier that not all illness is a direct effect of a person’s sin and we learn here that not all illness is a result of demon-possession. We also see that once again the demons tried to speak and we can assume they tried to call his name because it says Jesus “would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.” Just like the last study we did, Jesus Drives Out a Demon, the demons are not trying to tell people who Jesus is to evangelize. They are instead trying to stir the people into a frenzy so that they would make Jesus their physical king by force. The demons know that is not part of the plan.

Let’s jump to Matthew’s Gospel. Often Matthew will show how Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophesy because the audience he was writing to was primarily Jewish. They were looking for someone to fulfill prophesy and Matthew wants to show that Jesus is that person. This prophesy is from Isaiah 53:4 and it says that Messiah would be able to heal people. I feel it is important for us Gentiles to know about these prophesies as well as understand how Jesus is the fulfillment of them. It’s not fortune telling. It’s not hocus pocus magic. It is God given prophesy about our Savior. I think it’s important to know it because it is cold hard fact. It’s not something we have to take on faith. Someone uttered these prophesies hundreds of years before Christ and he is the answer to every single on of them and we can see it with our own eyes.

Father, thank you for your power over Satan. We pray that you would not lead us into temptation but would deliver us from the evil one.  Give us the strength to act or run or whatever it is that you might tell us to do when faced with Satan.Help us to recognize the difference between illness and demon-posession. I pray that you protect us. I also pray for those of us with illness, Lord. We ask that you would heal us but even if you choose not to, we ask that you be glorified in the situation. Amen.

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13. Fishers of Men

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It seems like a straightforward passage. Fisherman are cleaning up from the previous night’s work when Jesus comes along and says, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” The fishermen go follow Jesus, end of story. Right? Wrong. There is all kinds of interesting stuff going on here both about the original text and about how it applies to our lives today. This account is found in all three synoptic Gospels but we will be studying from Luke’s version of events. You can read the other accounts by clicking on these links: Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 1:16-20.

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

These events chronologically follow Jesus’ rejection in Nazareth. It may have seemed like a bad thing that Jesus was chased out of town but it allowed him to travel to the town of Capernaum. Capernaum was a fishing town along the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, here called the Lake of Gennesaret. Jesus was standing on the shore of the lake and people were crowding around him to hear him speak. There happened to be a couple of boats with fishermen who were washing out their nets. They had been fishing all night and were cleaning up before heading home after a long night’s work. Because of this we can assume that it is some time in the morning. Jesus hopped aboard the boat that belonged to Simon. We also know from the other accounts in Matthew and Mark that Andrew was present on the boat as well.

Bible scholars think it was about a year ago that Jesus first met Simon and Andrew (you can read about it here). Now it is a year later and we see Simon and his brother Andrew still fishing with their father. Remember Andrew, especially, seemed to want to follow Jesus exclusively, but we learn here that at some point along the way he went back to his everyday life. Perhaps the pressures of bills or his wife or whatever started to pull at him and he started to doubt the lifestyle of a disciple. Maybe it’s because Jesus was mostly stationed in Capernaum during that year and he could still work and follow Jesus. Whatever the case, he probably believed in Jesus but he was still heavily involved in his old life.

Simon, dear, not-so-sweet Simon. We know from looking at the New Testament as a whole that Simon was a bit impetuous, a bit ill-tempered at times and hasty or even reckless. Can you imagine Simon’s reaction when Jesus climbs aboard his boat? Simon was already tired from a night of fishing and he was probably grouchy because it was bad fishing at that. I imaging him giving Jesus a “you’ve got to be kidding me” look when Jesus then asks Simon to cast off again. But (with or without protest we don’t know) he did it. We don’t know what Simon, Andrew and the other fishermen were doing while Jesus was teaching. But they would certainly have been within ear shot. I wonder what they heard that day. I wonder what Jesus was teaching about when he turns to Simon and tells him to go fishing again. Actually, what the text says is, “let down the nets for a catch.” Jesus doesn’t imply that if they do they might catch something. He is saying that they will catch something. Then we begin to see a bit of Simon’s character show through. I image that there is just sarcasm dripping off every word he says to Jesus, “Master,” he says, “we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Remember, not only did they just return from a bad night of fishing, but also they already cleaned the nets. And you have to remember there were no motors back in the day so it took some work to cast off again. Jesus is really making a big imposition on an already frustrated Peter.

I often wonder why Simon went along with Jesus. Was it because he was too tired to argue or because he just wanted to appease Jesus? Knowing Simon’s personality, probably not. Did he think there was a chance for a miracle? Again probably not, judging by his mild protest before he agrees to cast off again. I think he wanted to prove Jesus wrong and wanted to make him look bad. Simon was after all an expert fisherman and if he couldn’t catch fish after a whole night of trying what was a carpenter going to do? Did Jesus really think he knew better than the expert? So can you imagine Simon’s surprise when they caught so many fish they had to signal to the other boat to help pull in the nets. And then when both boats began to sink from the weight of all the fish they caught, well it was too much for Simon to bear. He fell at Jesus’s knees and confessed his sin while at the same time confessing Jesus as Lord. The falling at Jesus’ knees shows abject humility on Simon’s part. He recognizes that Jesus is more powerful than he is and is in some way supernatural, too. The confession itself shows that Simon Peter recognizes that Jesus is holy and that he is aware of his own sinfulness. He tells Jesus to go away because up to this point no one could look at God directly and live. He probably thinks Jesus is going to zap him to Hell, if not for his other sins, certainly for his attitude just a few moments before. He’s starting to realize that he is in the presence of God, himself.

Let’s look at a couple of word observations about Simon. First notice earlier in the passage he is just referred to as Simon, his old name. Then when he falls to Jesus’ knees, he is called Simon Peter. I think this marks a transition between the old person of Simon dying to self and the new person of Peter living for Christ. I don’t think it is by chance that the name difference is made here. I think it is only after Simon has a lightbulb moment that he starts to grow into his new nature. The other word observation I noticed is the first time ‘Simon’ addresses Jesus he calls him “Master” which means “one placed over.” I think it shows Peter’s contempt for the situation. But the second time he addresses Jesus he calls him “Lord.” Peter goes from using a term of a master/servant relationship to one of God/worshipper. He gains a new awareness of his relationship with this man called Jesus.

Peter isn’t the only one that is amazed by what just happened. It says, “he and all his companions were astonished,” at what Jesus did. I’m not sure how many people were there but we know for sure that besides Peter and Andrew, James and John, there were other people there because it says, “all his companions AND so were James and John.” Peter is just the only one that is recorded as giving a response. Personally, I imagine the others just standing in piles of squirmy fish with their mouths wide open both at the miracle they just witnessed and Peter’s uncharacteristic behavior.

Jesus, sensing that Peter is scared to death, tells him not to be afraid. Remember, Peter had good reason to be afraid. He was standing in the presence of a holy God! Yet, Jesus didn’t didn’t come “to condemn the world but that through him the world might be saved,” (John 1:2). Perhaps Peter was also afraid of the effects of following Jesus like what would his wife and friends say? How would he support his family? Then he speaks prophesy into Peter’s life. He tells him that from now on he will fish for people. Notice he does ask Peter to follow him, he doesn’t tell Peter to follow him; he tells him what he will be doing. There is a difference. I want to look at the words Jesus uses, “fish for people”. The word literally means “to catch alive”. I think it is interesting that Peter will go from catching live fish that will die to catching dead men that will become alive! Also, Jesus’ words recall Jeremiah 16:16 which says, ““But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.” Here God is talking about catching and punishing the rebellious Israelites. This is what the law demands but Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and he has come to catch people to restore them. Then it says they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Jesus. Up to this point there was only partial commitment from Andrew and we don’t really know about Peter and as far as we know this was James’ and John’s first run in with big J. But we know that after this they were all in which bring us to our first life application point.

  1. Following Jesus requires a total commitment. It means being willing to give up that which you hold most dear. Look at Peter, he defined himself as a fisherman; it’s who he was. And this is where we see Jesus in action. Peter must be willing to forgo everything he knew to do something that he didn’t know anything about- evangelism. What captivates you? What piques your interest? How do you define yourself? Are you willing to give all of that up if Jesus asks you to to do that which you know nothing about? Will you jump in with both feet or go kicking and screaming or will you not go at all?
  2. I don’t know if Jesus was telling Peter not to fear because he was afraid of becoming an evangelist or not but it brings up a good point- Evangelism can seem scary. What is the scariest part of evangelism for you? For me it is that people will think I’m crazy… which is kinda funny since I already admit I’m a little nutso to begin with. My prayer is that God will give you opportunities to overcome your fears. For me, I had two separate people that I met while out and about with my kids. I even had casual conversation with them. I would like to say that I tried to work Jesus into the conversation but I didn’t even think about using it as a chance to tell them about Christ until hours later when the time had passed. As I pray for you, pray that I too, see the opportunities that God provides.
  3. Sometimes we need to let God’s expertise usurp our own expertise. Imagine expert fisherman Peter’s shock when carpenter Jesus tells him how to run his business especially when it didn’t make good business sense. Sometimes doing what God says takes an extraordinary amount of faith. Which leads me to number four…
  4. Following God takes faith. Faith can overcome our fears. Faith can help us leave behind or give up old and sometimes important things for something new. We don’t need to have blind faith either. We have evidence of the resurrection to back up our faith. We have the entire Scripture to help us as well. Hebrews 11:1 says this about faith, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” It may be hoping for that which we can not see but we can have faith because of what we have seen and read.

Jesus, Thank you for using ordinary people like us to accomplish your will. Show us how we can be a part of your plan so that your will, not ours, can be done. Help us to accept whatever life changes you may decide to make for us and help us to find joy in them. Thank you for the resurrection, the proof of our faith. Just thank you so much for everything. We are grateful for you and your unending mercy, Amen.

1. Genealogy of Jesus, Part 1

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Let’s start right out of the gate with controversy- the geneolgy of Jesus. Before you automatically get bored, let me assure you this is pretty interesting stuff. Both Matthew and Luke give a list of names of Jesus’ ancestors. The problem? The two lists don’t match. Check it out for yourself Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38. Matthew’s traces Jesus’ lineage as far back as Abraham and Luke’s goes back all the way to Adam. So why don’t the two match at least as far back as Abraham? Well, the answer most Bible scholars agree on is that Matthew traces the maternal line through Mary while Luke traces the paternal line through Joseph. Why would Matthew and Luke even bother to include these lists? I think one reason is to show fulfillment of some pretty big promises that were made way back in the day. There were certain covenants made between God and his people and these covenants forshadowed or were prophesy about the Messiah who was to come. Let’s take a look at some of these Messianic covenants, or promises about Jesus that God made with the people found in the genealogy of Jesus.

Adamic Covenant- the covenant between God and Adam

Luke goes all the way back to Adam. Why? Because in a way Adam forshadowed Jesus. Romans 5:12 & 15 says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned…For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!” Because of one man (Adam), all are condemned to die, but because of one man (Jesus) all are given a chance to live.  Also, Luke says in 3:38 that Adam was the son of God, this is also forshadowing of Jesus because he too, is the Son of God. This does not mean that Adam is God, for Adam was created by God. Jesus is God and therefore Creator.

Also, after the sin of Adam and Eve, God makes this promise/curse to the serpent (it doesn’t sound so good for us humans on the surface but read it carefully):

“And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel,” (Genesis 3:15)

The woman’s offspring here refers to Jesus. So you can read it like this:

“And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and Jesus;
Jesus will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel”

The promise here is that even though the serpent’s offspring may hurt Jesus by striking them with a non-lethal wound, Jesus will crush Satan’s head (a lethal wound).

Abrahmic Covenant – the covenant between God and Abraham

Abraham was an old guy and Sarah, his wife, was old too- well beyond childbearing years. Yet God makes the following promise with Abraham,

“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

To your seed I will give this land.”

So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.” (Genesis 12:1-3, 7)

This was a significant promise not only because Abraham and Sarah were not likely to have children, but also because of the line, “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” You probably guessed it… he’s referring to Jesus here. You can read the this line to say, “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you because Jesus will come from your lineage.” Galatians 3:16 further gives evidence of this when it says, “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.”

Pretty cool how this genealogy works shows God working throughout history, eh?

Davidic Covenant – the covenant between God and David

God makes a promise with King David establishing the royal line through David forever:

When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever,” (1 Chronicles 17:11-14)

God is speaking two-fold here. First he is speaking about David’s immediate successor, his son Solomon, and second, he is talking about Jesus when he promises that he, “will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.” This is why Jesus is referred to as the Son of David. It is acknowledgement of fulfilled prophesy.

These are just very basic overviews of some of the major covenants found in the Bible. Do you want to know what I find amazing about God and these covenants? Even though humanity has failed God over and over and over… God remains faithful to his promises. These covenants are not based on our fulfillment of obligations; they are upheld through God’s faithfulness alone! This is not to say that all covenants are given unconditionally. God has given us promises with conditions that we must keep. For example, 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This promise is given in this format, IF you do A, THEN I will do B. But the covenants we discussed today are not given like that. Instead, God says, I will do B regardless of what you do.

Next time we will look at what I believe to be another reason the genealogy of Christ is added in the Bible. Spoiler Alert- it has to do with prostitutes, liars, cheaters and the like! I hope that whets your appetite to come back with me and enjoy some more of God’s word.

Thank you God for your unfailing love for us. Thank you for your faithfulness in keeping your promises even when we fail. Help us to learn more about you, give us a thirst that can not be quenched except by your word. Amen.

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0. The Life of Christ, A Bible Study – Intro

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I’ve been feeling a need to switch gears from looking at praise songs to looking at the Bible itself, and what better place to start than with Jesus. I plan on taking a comprehensive look at all 4 Gospels to get a fuller picture of his life and teachings and sharing what I learn with y’all. I hope by doing this, we will begin to earnestly seek not only what Jesus taught and did (head knowledge) but also to apply his life to our own so that we may become more like him (heart knowledge)! Do you want to know what God’s will for your life is? Study the Scriptures and let it tell you. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” We must change and renew our minds to focus on the things of God and the things of God are found in the Bible. This is why I feel a need to teach from the Bible itself.

I want to give you a quick overview of the Gospels. First off, the word Gospel means “good news”. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are called the Gospels because they tell us about the good news of Christ. Matthew, Mark and Luke are often called the Synoptic Gospels. That just means that many of their stories overlap although they may be told in slightly different ways depending upon how the author told the story. John also tells about Jesus’ life but it is the most different of the four books. Which leads to something I’d like to address. Some critics of the Gospels say they are not reliable because they are not identical in their storytelling. Well, think about a time when you and some friends were present for the same event. Each of you will have the same story but each of you will have your own versions of the story. The stories aren’t wrong, they are just different- each one shaded by the story teller’s background. For example, Matthew was a Jew and tells his version of events with a Jewish mindset and a Jewish audience in mind. Luke, however, was a not a Jew and was educated as a doctor. His version of the story is flavored with references of Jesus as the great physician and healer while keeping a Gentile audience in mind. They do not compete, they compliment each other.

There is so much that I hope we will discover together. This study means that you must do your part and read the Bible with me. I will try to keep the passages we study each day manageable but please spend time reading the actual Bible verses and not just skip ahead to the commentary, which I will confess I tend to do when I am in a hurry. After all it is the Word of God that brings life not what I have to say about it. Having said that I am excited to see what we learn together. I will try to post every 3 days to give you time to actually study and meditate on the verses we are reading. Feel free to ask questions or comment below. I may not know the answer to your question but I will try to find the answer and if I can’t I promise not to make one up. And if you disagree with me that’s ok too. I could be wrong. Feel free to share your thoughts even if they are different than mine as long as you are respectful about it.

Thanks for starting this journey with me and I look forward to “seeing” you tomorrow!

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