Satan’s house

When the scribes accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub, Jesus answers, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand” (Mark 3:23, 25). The points seems to be: Even if one accepts, for the sake of . . . . Continue Reading »

Jesus’ house

Rev. Rich Lusk pointed out in a sermon that Mark 3 follows the order of exodus: The Jews plot, Jesus crosses the sea, gathers 12 disciples on a mountain, and then enters a house. In context, the house is the tabernacle, where Jesus, the embodied glory of Yahweh, lives. That means that Jesus’ . . . . Continue Reading »

Vine and fig tree

The vine and fig tree are symbols of Israel’s safety from enemies during the days of Solomon (1 Kings 4). The fact that each Israelite has his own orchard and vineyard is a sign of national prosperity and widespread distribution of wealth, as well as a sign that there are no invaders coming . . . . Continue Reading »

This cup

In his Exhortation to Martyrdom ( Origen: An Exhortation to Martyrdom, Prayer, and Selected Works , p. 61 ), Origen ponders why Jesus would have resisted martyrdom by asking His Father to remove the cup from him. Origen quotes from the synoptics, each of which quotes Jesus praying for the removal . . . . Continue Reading »