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Thursday, 11 September 2008

Bible Reading 2

Hi Guys, Are you enjoying reading more of the bible? I'm up to chapter 17 but don't rush through it. It's much more satisfying when you linger on the chapters a bit. Also, I don't think anyone is at chapter 17 yet. (correct me if I'm wrong)

I really want you guys to encounter God through your reading, by praying,
reading and waiting on Him, (listening). Set aside time to just be with Him and use the bible as a tool to know Him more. 
What have you found out about Jesus that has interested or surprised you so far?


Anonymous said...

Oh ... I've got a question from John (the Bible book). In chapter 9 it tells the story of the man born blind that got healed. When the disciples asked Jesus whether he was born blind because of his parents sin or his own, Jesus says that "he was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him." Could that be the same for EVERYBODY that is born with some kind of defect? Are all of them meant to be healed so that God's power can be seen through it?

Eric Rutgrink said...

Great question. Tough one.

Remember the occasion earlier in John when Jesus heals the man at the pool of bethesda and says to him; 'go and sin no more lest something worse happens to you'. This suggests that some infirmities and difficulty come through disobedience to God. However the people in that day had a general belief that all infirmities came through Sin. This belief came from the Old Testament where Ezekiel (I think) spoke about the sin of the fathers bringing judgement for a number of generations, but at the same time the prophet also said the righteousness of a father continues for a number of generations too.

So, Jesus did come to break the generational curse through His righteousness so we don't live under the same law of sin and death. But without Jesus people still do live under the old law with it's curses.
It seems Jesus knew that God wanted to be glorified by healing the blind man in that particular situation for a specific contextual event. It did end up leading to a very significant event in Jesus' ministry. However, I think here Jesus was actually aiming to use the situation to teach his disciples that all disease doesn't come through personal or family sin but can be unrelated as with the story of Job, where the devil brings infirmities. The sickness was indeed there so God's power could be shown but wasn't inflicted through the man's sin, or his family or God but rather the devil - yet God wanted to use the situation for His and Jesus' Glory. What we can apply to everyone is that all healing is done for God's power to be seen.

Anonymous said...

Just went through my notes on John again. In chapter 19:30 it records Jesus' last words as "It's finished." What's finished? (I think you mentioned something about it once, but I can't remember what it is.) In Matthew and Mark it doesn't say that Jesus said that, only that He gave a loud cry and that was it. In Luke it says something completely different as well. So which is it?!

Why does John not record that Peter walked on water? I thought that that is quite significant, so I find it a bit strange that he didn't record is. (It's in Matthew and Mark, but Luke doesn't even mention that Jesus walked on water, does he?) He also doesn't say that Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Matthew, Mark and Luke recorded that. Also, only Luke mentions that Jesus healed Malchus' ear after Peter cut it off (I wonder what Peter was aiming for! Just the ear...?). Amazing how different people remember different aspects of an incident and how each individual find something different to be worth mentioning. I guess that that's how everything gets remembered then. (does that sentence make sense?)

Eric Rutgrink said...

Remember, John was wanting to add to the other gospels, not reiterate them. This explains why some events are not included, he didn't feel it was needed. As you notice through John, he is keen to explain 'why' things happen rather than just what happened. I'm sure there were events John didn't add because they weren't necessary to express what God was wanting him to say.

With this in mind, regarding the crucifixion, I feel the words It is Finished are essential for the closure of the epic narrative. John wants us to understand the birth, life and death of Jesus and the task he came to complete. The battle to remain within God's course and destiny for Jesus was finished. He'd done all that was required of Him. John was said to be the closest one to Jesus at his death and may well have heard what the others didn't. Jesus did speak to John from the cross earlier about His mother Mary.