Acts 2:42-47

This pericope provides a general description of the ideal characteristics and behaviour of the earliest Christian community. It also serves as an introduction to the next few chapters that go into more detail on the early church in Jerusalem (probably through to 6:7). There are no specific details given in this introduction for example about which believers were involved or how many believers were being added. This is in contrast to the pericopes immediately before and after that do contain more details along these lines. We know from later in Acts that what is being described in general terms here occurs in specific cases (4:36-37) and that not all members of the community shared the same motivations and ideals (Ch 5). Continue reading “Acts 2:42-47” »

An outline of Mark’s references to Jesus’ self awareness of the nature and purpose of his death

  • 2:5-7. Jesus forgave sins. Only God can do that. The Old Testament presents a model of forgiveness of sins associated with a sacrifice. I think Jesus here is foreshadowing the sacrifice of himself for the forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 7:27).
  • 2:20. Jesus expects to be taken away from his disciples, in circumstances causing fasting/grief.
  • 8:31, 9:31, 10:33. Jesus expects that he will die and rise again.
  • 8:33. 14:36. Jesus taught that the path he was on towards death and resurrection was God’s will.
  • 8:34-38. He taught that his act of sacrifice and losing his life was a pattern/path for believers to follow
  • 9:1, 14:25, 14:62. Jesus expects that through/after his resurrection that he would come into the kingdom of God in some kind of fuller/more powerful way
  • 10:33. Jesus expected to be betrayed by his own, condemned by Jews and killed by Gentiles.
  • 10:45. Jesus taught that giving his life would be an act of service and function as means of a random.
  • 14:8. Jesus told them that is good to prepare for his burial.
  • 14:22-25. Jesus taught that his life would be ‘poured out’ for many.

1 Kings 11

Despite enjoying peace and prosperity (wisdom, wealth, and wives) as blessings from God, Solomon breaks the covenant with his attitude and actions incurring the just (but merciful) punishment of God.

Purpose (my reflections):

  • Consequences for disobedience are real. The stakes are high. God is serious. Sin is punished
  • Attitude and action maketh the man
  • Even the greatest splendor without God is a filthy worthless rag (What does it profit a man to gain the world but forfeit his soul?)

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2 Samuel 7

Main point
The sovereign almighty LORD does not need or want David to build him a house. Instead, God will build his own house (13) through the house he will build for David (11b).

Main purpose
God does not need man, but we need God, and he has already done, and will do, all we need (cf. Acts 17:24-31). So let’s join with David in praising Him and praying, ‘Your will be done’. Continue reading “2 Samuel 7” »

Mark 13 summary

In verses 1-23 Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple and describes the signs of the end of the age. The disciples ask the obvious question – when will this happen, and what will be the signs beforehand so that we can be prepared? In a parallel passage in Matt 24, the disciples ask more specifically regarding the sign of Jesus’ coming and the end of the age. It may be that the disciples considered these things closely related. In Jesus’ response, he indicates that the destruction of the temple will be one of the signs of the end times, along with natural disasters and political events such as wars. Continue reading “Mark 13 summary” »