Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives. The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version. At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture. To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.
Questions & Observations
Q. (John 10:16): I would think this is referring to the Kingdom of God?
A. Yes indeed.
Q. (10:29): I would think that “for my father has given them to me” would mean the ones who pass the tests are given to Jesus to care for.
A. Something like that. It certainly reads like a verse that points to some form of Predestination- God has selected some people to be the “sheep” of Jesus. What remains a mystery, however, is what “causes” God’s selection.
Q. (10:34): The prophets were called gods? Why?
A. It is not necessarily referring to prophets. The verse is from Psalm 82, and appears to be talking about the people of Israel being gods in the sense of having been adopted BY GOD. Jesus is basically saying that there is scriptural precedent for Him referring to Himself as God in human form, even if those around Him do not see it that way.
Q. (Luke 13:27): So, God is saying that after judgment happens, there are no second chances — we’ve had millions already. He, of course, used to know you, but since you chose to sin, he has turned his back on you and, frankly, doesn’t care about you, so thus doesn’t “know” you.
A. As we’ve discussed before, when we talk about our relationship with God as a race, we should consider that it is not God that moved or walked away at all, but rather that WE did. I think that this gives us a proper understanding of what it means that God does not know us, we have no heart or consideration for the things of God, but desire only to go our own way. This parable is also not saying that there is no hope, but it is a warning that judgment is real, and there are consequences for our rebellion.
Q. (13:30): I think this is so amazing how the tables will be completely turned around. So, that waitress who you decided not to tip very good is rewarded much more than you are.
A. Its known as the Great Reversal: the last shall be first, and the first last.
Q. (13:33): Jesus calls himself a prophet here? And, why Jerusalem? Is it keeping the Scriptures true?
A. He is speaking of Himself as a messenger of God, and it will indeed get Him killed by those who claim to be of God. Don’t forget that the midst of Jeremiah’s ministry, it was the leaders in Jerusalem who claimed to be speaking for God, but were in fact leading the people astray and telling them that everything was alright even in the midst of a coming threat. That is the image Jesus has in mind.