From Pastor Bob – June 4, 2014
After reviewing John 21 for Sunday's Bible study, I had the following thoughts, which I decided to blog on so as to get the discussion started and not take to much time on Sunday morning. In the Good News Bible, Chapter 21 is divided into three sections with headings of: "Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples", "Jesus and Peter", and "Jesus and the Other Disciple". Here are my questions or comments.Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples - Why is it necessary to know that Peter was naked in the boat while fishing? If it was hot, why is only Peter naked? What is the writer saying by calling attention to Peter in this way?Jesus and Peter - As John was written some 70 to 90 years after the death of Jesus the person writing this was at least two generations removed from the life of Jesus. By this time the early church was in a struggle over who was the authentic successor to Jesus' leadership. There may have been several sects, some around Peter, some around Paul, maybe even some around Mary Magdelene. The author of these versus was definitely in the Peter camp. Jesus and the Other Disciple - What is this cryptic reference to a disciple that Jesus loved all about? If Jesus loved him, why did he pick Peter to "feed his sheep"? Even Peter doesn't seem to know what to do about him and Jesus essentially tells him it's none of his concern. What Greek word for love is used in the phrase "the disciple whom Jesus loved"? Is it "agape" or "philio" or "storge" or "eros"? By singling out this disciple in this way the text seems to be saying this was more than agape love. Why did the author put this in the text? What message is it trying to convey to us about Jesus or God?
April 20—Easter Sunday—Isaiah 55:12—Brenda Norton “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands””
April 18—Isaiah 53:5—Diana Sorenson “But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.”
April 16—Isaiah 54:10—Joan Edwards “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
April 15—Ecclesiastes 3:8—Anna Tatschl "a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." There is a time for everythingA time to praise, A time to singIt might not come when you want it toTo say goodbye to old and hello to newYou can pray and pray for these times not to comeBut the the power of life has always wonLike a life to end and the painful deathBut the happiness when Jesus ResurrectBut your soul can strive, to keep you alive
April 14—Isaiah 26:12—John Burg “Oh, Lord, you will ordain peace for us, for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us, but we acknowledge your name alone.”
April 13—Zechariah 9:9-10—Bob Keefer “Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations.”
April 12—I Kings 5:12—Church McGavren “So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he promised him. There was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and the two of them made a treaty.”
April 11—II Samuel 19:24—Michael Osborn The verse says, in the RSV: “And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king: he had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety.” The NRSV says: “Mephibosheth grandson of Saul came down to meet the king; he had not taken care of his feet, or trimmed his beard, or washed his clothes, from the day the king left until the day he came back in safety.”
April 7—I Samuel 20:42—Bob Keefer “Then Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, since both of us have sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, “The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants, forever.”’”
April 6—Isaiah 52:7—Beverly Shelton “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion “Your God reigns.” I am from the mountains of North Carolina within the ranges of the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge. When you would look to the horizon and see the clouds ring the mountain tops of the Great Smokies and the blue hue of the Blue Ridge you know God’s creations. When you climb to the mountain top and look all around you at the grand creation know He is risen, He is risen indeed. We are blessed to know the story and that “Your God reigns”. Prayer: Dear Creator of all things, bless us this day. Help us to be your messenger of the beauty of your peace, salvation, and that our God reigns. In God’s name, Amen.
April 3—I Samuel 1:17—Barb Dasenbrock “Then Eli answered. Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” This Bible verse is talking about Hannah not being able to have a child and she pleads with the Lord to make it different. He grants the petition and she conceives . . . Having a son named Samuel. What a beautiful story of prayers and blessings from God. I wasn’t raised in a church in my youth. When I attended college, this was one thing I really wanted to do . . . Have a relationship with God and join a church. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and five beautiful children. Who could ask for more? Truly a gift from God!