Yearly Archives: 2008


Numbers 2:1-34

We are making our way through the opening section of Numbers (1:1-10:10), the account of the preparations made for Israel’s departure from Mt. Sinai for the Promised Land. The first step was a census to determine the nation’s fighting strength. The n…


Gethsemane

The Lord had told his disciples many times over the past year that he was going to Jerusalem to be arrested and killed. He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday in a way designed to throw down the gauntlet to the religious authorities and to precipitate t…


Devotion to Christ

We have noted before Mark’s technique of the literary “sandwich” in which he inserts into the middle of one account another narrative and uses the relationship between the outer pieces and the center to make a point without having to spell it out. In…


Canonicity

We have so far considered the Bible’s nature as the Word of God written; its authority; its inerrancy; and the reasons why we believe it to be the Word of God. To that point we were considering the Bible in respect to the virtually universal convicti…


Inerrancy

We have so far considered in this short series 1) the nature of the Bible as the “Word of God written” and 2) its authority as the voice of the Almighty, no matter that it is also so self-consciously a product of human authorship. Tonight I want to c…


Jesus is God

The last encounter between Jesus and representatives of the religious leadership had resulted in their abandoning the field. They had been defeated and they knew it. The Lord now turns the tables and asks his adversaries a question. It is a theologic…


Unbelief

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The next long section of Mark’s narrative of the Passion Week is devoted to conversations the Lord had with the religious leadership: the priests, the scribes or teachers of the law, and the elders. There is in fact a series of seve…


A Test Case

For a more complete account of the last year of the Lord’s ministry we must turn to the Gospel of Luke. But Mark gives us one chapter devoted to the months, weeks, and days prior to the Lord’s arrival in Jerusalem at Passover. And in Mark’s shortened…