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Points To Ponder Lesson 13

#1 User is offline   drlmorris 

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:43 AM

Please enter your answers to the questions given in this lesson here.
Instructor: Master of the Historical Jesus
Founder: The Historical Jesus Project
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 01:36 PM

1. The Jewish people believed that time and history were the creation of God who was, by definition, the 'ruler of time'. He was able to alter the order and sequence of events in accordance with his will. Consequently, the events that befell the people were interpreted, theocentrically, in the light of God's ordinances and not as an evolving record of social activity.

2. God ordained 'history' as the product of his divine interaction with his people. There was no sense of a linear progression of events only the experiential reaction to God's will and the 'times' that he created. The people interpreted and recalled their life experiences and those of their ancestors in the light of their relationship with God and his favours towards them.

3. The 'time ' of John the Baptist has a somewhat dour and apocalyptic feel. He and his followers lived an ascetic and reclusive lifestyle and, although they predicted the coming of a new time and a new prophet, they were mired in a time of gloom and despondency which is in sharp contrast to the 'time' of Jesus. Instead of the dire prognostications of John the Baptist, Jesus ushers in a time of hope and promise as though a new life is imminent and therefore rejoicing and expectancy is appropriate.

4. Jesus may have seen signs of the imminence of God's intervention in the miracles, healing, exorcising of demons and other marvellous deeds that he was empowered to perform. This might be interpreted as God's way of confirming that intervention was nigh and that a new time was about to be initiated, the time of the Kingdom of God.

5. The power given to Jesus is manifest in many different ways in addition to the performance of miracles and other supernatural deeds alluded to above. He has the power to alert those who will hear to the new dispensation that is to come and this is revealed in his humility, his powerful oratory using many rhetorical devices to underline his message ,
his endurance of taunts and persecution and personal charisma. This has been described as 'kingdom power', that is the power to influence future of mankind and to proclaim and advance the coming of the Kingdom.
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Posted 20 June 2013 - 02:07 PM

Because they observed qualitative time. They were the chosen people and God made everything happen!

With divine interaction.

Judgement and Salvation.

Because of the miraculous things he was doing.

Kingdom Power!
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Posted 28 December 2015 - 01:55 PM

Master of Historical Jesus – Dr. Lisa Morrison
Lesson 13 - Points to Ponder Questions:
1. Why did the ancient Jewish people order events according to the acts of God?
Because they believed in God as their ruler and they were the chosen ones, according to their beliefs and religion, so their lives revolved around whatever acts of God had occurred, was occurring or about to occur. God being their ruler made Him the ruler of history as well as time and all other things related to the world or life of the Jewish people. Also, being the Jewish the chosen ones and living their lives according to the mandates of God made them different from all others. Keeping time according to the acts of God was logical and necessary because it defined them as the chosen ones, and the believers of the one and only true God.
2. According to ancient Jewish times, how did God ordain history?
Dr. Morrison states: “The Jews recognized that their God ordained history as a purely unique and divine interaction”. Following time this way made them different and committed to their God and his commands, thus, placing their race above all others. They surrendered the matter of time and history to their God, as well as their lives.
3. How did the “time” of John the Baptist and the “time” of Jesus differ?
The time of John was that of repentance, changing their sinful ways in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom of God and the time of Jesus was that of jubilee for the Kingdom was among them or very near. It was a time for celebrating the arrival of the Kingdom and changes to their way of life. John’s time was that of mourning and Jesus’ time was that of joy and celebration. One was not better than the other but they were different, although John was waiting for a time of punishment for the people who did not repent. John was preaching for a future event and Jesus was preaching for the imminent arrival of the Kingdom of God in the present or near present.
4. What “signs” might have convinced Jesus that God was about to intervene and initiate a new “time?”
Jesus apparently made a connection between his ability to heal people, raise the dead and cast out demons and the coming of the Kingdom of God. Jesus believed God was acting through him and was enabling him to do these miracles. It was an act of God and he thought it meant that God was announcing the arrival of his Kingdom through these acts. To Jesus his success seemed as a message that the time had arrived for salvation and liberation from evil. A time where righteousness and compassion would rule. A time of liberation from Satan’s influence.
5. Jesus was given “power” to help awaken people to the coming of a revolutionary act of God. According to this lesson, what kind of “power” is this described as being?
It was “Kingdom power”, the power that was being manifested through Jesus’ acts or miracles and which was in some way influencing people of his time, and announcing the awaited arrival of the Kingdom of God.
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