(Mat. 5:25-26) “25 Agree with your adversary quickly, whiles you are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, You shall by no means come out there, till you have paid the uttermost farthing.”
(Luk. 12:57-59) “57 Yes, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right? 58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, as you are in the way, give diligence that you may be delivered from him; lest he hale you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer cast you into prison. 59 I tell you, you shall not depart there, till you have paid the very last mite.”
This means that you should judge even of yourselves you not what is right, that is claim to a court on yourself that you did a wrong. Otherwise God will punish you much more harshly than a court.
(Luk. 18:9-14) “9 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.”
In the spiritual meaning of this proverb the pharisee and the publican are the same human. They are different aspects of our relation to God and to sin.
Everything, even sin, has positive aspects. A positive aspect of sin is that it makes people different. I think sinless angels follow the same standard but sinners don’t follow any standard. We will remain different than other people even after we will be completely saved.
So I thank God that I am different than other people. Many preachers teach that it is great to be unlike other people and we should thank God for this.
But we are more justified when we just remember that our sins require God’s mercy.
This is about us who trust in our mind that we are righteous in Christ.
1 Yahweh is my shepherd:
I shall lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.
We know that the Bible is God’s word. But who speaks in this psalm? He speaks about his God. At first it seems not to be a word of God Himself.
Really, these are words of Christ to His Father. It is a word of God to His God.
Yahweh is the shepherd of Jesus. Jesus will lack nothing, etc. (see the text of the psalm).
The above may even at first seems discouraging. Is it directed to Jesus not to us?! It is directed to us if we are in Christ.
Some translations (e.g. New American Standard Bible) of Luk. 2:40 say that Jesus was “increased” in wisdom.
But he is God and already knows everything. How can his wisdom “increase”?
In my opinion (see my book for more details), Christ limited himself to human senses to perceive the environment. He already knew all mathematics, but he needed to study physics of this region on the universe (as other regions of so called multiverse behave as having different laws of physics).
(Philippians 2:8) “7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.”
It means that Jesus researched the world around him and found that now he is in a human body. In the childhood he was busy understanding the laws of physics (which He created) of this part of the world.
(Hebrews 2:17-18) “
17 Therefore he was obligated in all things to be made like his brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.”
Have you ever wondered about Heb. 2:18? Jesus already knows all what means that He knows all situations. Isn’t it enough to help those who are tempted? why he himself should be tempted in order to help others? This looks like a very difficult question.
I do not know the answer in details but propose this explanation:
Jesus needs to suffer and be tempted himself so that when He helps somebody, the opposition would not be able to say: He tries to help tempted persons which he himself was not tempted and did not suffered.
It is only a possible theory. I welcome you to discuss in comments to this blog post possible explanations.
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