2008-09-08

Lord, Liar, Lunatic...

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

Mere Christianity
By C.S. Lewis

ABC September-08-2008

Luk 22.24-30;Heb 5;Pro 22.1-16;Isa 21-23
Analysis:
Luk: Jesus: what a wonder. He resolves the desire for supremacy amongst His followers by giving His example. He was a s servant.
Heb: 
The high priest was: appointed - one of the people so that he could relate. So Jesus.
Re: the Scripture. We have to keep in practice, that is, read it, learn it, pray over it, apply it. Then, we can use it as the Lord intends.
If we don't move on and mature we won't have the spiritual strength/wisdom to do what God intends.
Pro: Interesting. Saying of the world is "the rich get richer-the poor poorer." (which by the way may have made a circuitous journey from the new testament though not intended in an economic sense there). But, we're told here generosity to the rich ends in poverty and that "whoever is bountiful will be blessed"
Isa: 22.11...But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.  This is probably key to my understanding of the passage.  The Lord is judging and wanting to bring people to their senses, that is, back to Himself.
Best Verse(s):
Luk22.27(b)[ESV] But I am among you as the one who serves
Contract/Prayer:
God keep me close. Help me imitate you in service & generosity.

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