The Chronological Gospel –

Holy Week: Wednesday Part 1, Discussions

Luke 21:38, Mark 12:35a, Matthew 22:41-46, Jesus asks about the Messiah.
Mark 12:37b, Matthew 23:1-7, Mark 12:40, Matthew 23:8-39, Jesus denounces the lawyers and Pharisees.
Mark 12:41-44, The widow’s mite
Mark 13:1-11, Luke 21:15-16, Matthew 24:9b-14, A question about end times
Luke 21:20, Matthew 24:15-18, Luke 21:22-24, End times, continued
Mark 13:18-23, End times, continued
Matthew 24:26-29, Luke 21:25b, Matthew 24:30-31, Luke 21:28, Matthew 24:32-35, End times illustrated in a parable

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Drawing of Herod's Temple. Click to enlarge. See below for provenance.
Luke 21:38, Mark 12:35a, Matthew 22:41-46, Jesus asks about the Messiah. (8/26/14)

“Messiah” is an English transliteration of the Hebrew masheeakh, which means anointed one. “Christ” is an English transliteration of the Greek christos, which means anointed one. Depending on which English translation you are reading, you could see “Messiah,” “Christ,” “anointed one,” or any combination of the three. Keep in mind that they all mean the same thing. After putting up with trick questions from the Pharisees, scribes, Herodians, and Sadducees all day Tuesday, Jesus asks them a question on Wednesday, but they can’t answer it.

Mark 12:37b, Matthew 23:1-7, Mark 12:40, Matthew 23:8-39, Jesus denounces the lawyers and Pharisees. (8/27/14)

Only Matthew records Jesus’ denunciation of the scribes and Pharisees that begins in Matthew 23:8. We don’t know why that is. My total speculation – so don’t repeat it! – is that as a tax-collector Matthew had probably been on the receiving end of plenty of denunciations from the scribes and Pharisees.

I figured out why I thought that Jesus spoke the words of vss. 37-39 on the way into the city. Doesn’t it make sense that he would say this right before the procession of Palm Sunday, where the people were shouting “Blessed be he who comes in the name of the Lord”? Just because it made sense in my head doesn’t mean that I had it right, however. Read carefully, and read the whole context of any verse you are interested in.

Mark 12:41-44, The widow’s mite (8/28/14)

We all know the story of the widow’s mite. I was surprised, again, to learn that this took place during Holy Week.

Mark 13:1-11, Luke 21:15-16, Matthew 24:9b-14, A question about end times (8/29/14)

I used to be a geologist, so when I look at something like the pyramids – or the Rocky Mountains – I know that eventually not one stone will be left here upon another. Jesus takes an even longer view of things than I do, and he comments rather casually that the wonderful Temple his disciples admire so much isn’t going to last. The disciples can’t imagine life without the Temple, so they figure he is talking about the End Times. They want to know What To Look For. Jesus tells them, lots of impressive events will occur, but don’t get confused into thinking that these are signs of the end times. The only hint Jesus gives us is that the Gospel will be preached everywhere before the end comes. Sadly, the Gospel hasn’t made it everywhere yet. The next time somebody gives you a date for the end of the world, ask what he or she thinks about this passage.

Luke 21:20, Matthew 24:15-18, Luke 21:22-24, End times, continued (9/1/14)

I’ve mentioned before that your “red-letter edition” of the Bible may not accurately reflect how much Jesus said, because Greek has a beginning “quotation mark,” but no ending quotation mark. I actually found a couple of red-letter editions that had “let the reader understand” in red. Do we think that Jesus, in the middle of speaking to his disciples, said, “let the reader understand”? No, we don’t. While you’re busy not believing everything I tell you, don’t believe everything the printers attribute to Jesus in red letters, either.

Mark 13:18-23, End times, continued (9/2/14)

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, sometimes you have difficulty seeing it. Back in the days when I was a geology student, I learned in class that glaciers make U-shaped valleys. While riding in a car at Mount Rainier National Park and looking at the map, I realized that I should be facing a glacial valley. I looked up, and there it was, plain as day! I had been forewarned. Jesus tells his disciples that false Christs will come and try to deceive them into thinking it is the end times. “You’ll recognize them, plain as day,” he says, “because I have forewarned you.”

Matthew 24:26-29, Luke 21:25b, Matthew 24:30-31, Luke 21:28, Matthew 24:32-35, End times illustrated in a parable (9/3/14)

In the desert, you can see lightening from one horizon to the other. We saw turkey vultures in the Grand Canyon, and their 6-foot wingspan makes them visible at a great distance. Trust me on this: you will not have to rely on someone to tell you, and you won’t have to decide whether an event is or is not a sign. When the end times come, everybody will know about it!

Consequently, it may be puzzling that Jesus goes on to say that “this present generation will not pass away” before these events occur. Remember that Jesus is discussing two different things that the disciples had asked him about: the destruction of the Temple and the end times. John Wesley takes Matthew 24:34 as an answer to the first part. Since in fact the Temple was destroyed by the Romans about 40 years later, I think Wesley makes a lot of sense. We’ll see Jesus’ answer to the second part tomorrow.

More of The Chronological Gospel

Birth Announcements and Early Lives of Jesus and John the Baptist
Early Ministries of Jesus and John the Baptist
Jesus’ Early Ministry
Jesus’ Galilean Ministry
Sabbath Controversies
The Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Plain
John the Baptist
Signs and Parables
Miracles and Mission Trips
Bread of Life
Miracles and Meanings
Transfiguration and Teachings
To Jerusalem for the Festival of Tabernacles
Some Results of Luke’s Research
Light
More of Luke’s Research
On the Road Again
The Raising of Lazarus
Holy Week: Palm Sunday and Monday
Holy Week: Tuesday, Parables and Questions
Holy Week: Wednesday Part 1, Discussions
Holy Week: Wednesday Part 2, Be Ready!
Holy Week: Thursday Part 1, Jesus' Celebration of the Passover
Holy Week: Thursday Part 2, Jesus' Farewell Discourse
Holy Week: Friday Part 1, Jesus' Arrest and Two Informal Trials
Holy Week: Friday Part 2, More Trials
Holy Week: Friday, Part 3, and Saturday, Jesus' Death and Burial
The Empty Tomb
Final Appearances of Jesus Prior to Pentecost

Copyright 2014 by Regina L. Hunter. All rights reserved. Scripture readings are from the Weymouth New Testament (1912); caps indicate quotations from the Old Testament. This page has been prepared for the web site by RPB.

The plans and drawings of the Temple are from the Thomas family Bible, now in a private collection of a family member.


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