Kings & Temples & Prophets

In the Bible it is presented to the prophet Samuel, and later to Nathan, that the Lord is not so hot on the idea of the people having a king who might abuse his power.  Nor is the Lord hot on the idea of them having a temple.  What is wrong with the tabernacle?  The...

Servant / Shepherd King

Where does Jesus get his notion of servant-king?  He gets it from scripture.  Kings are to be servants.  The two on the road to Emmaus were in despair because the person they thought was to be king was killed by the very Romans he was to overthrow.  The stranger...

Jesus Heals and Forgives

Let us continue to look at how Jesus presented the kingdom of God as he spent time with people who others forgot in Luke chapter 7. There were two healings at Nain.  The widow who had already lost her husband has now lost her only son through that husband.  The...

Jesus and the Hemorrhaging Woman

Today we look at yet another example of how Jesus presented the kingdom of God in a way that would have been very unexpected at the time. The Woman’s Need The story of the hemorrhaging woman is well known.  It appears in all three of the synoptic gospels...