Saturday, December 14, 2013

All things are to be considered

Themes of books of the bible
When you study a book of the bible, it’s critical to know the theme of the book.   For example, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John present the Lord Jesus Christ to the nation of Israel in four different ways:

Matthew        King
Mark             Suffering Servant
Luke              Magnificent Man
John              Jehovah God

In each of those books, that is how he is portrayed; and every verse of those books will portray him in that manner.  In the book of Mark, you have the Lord Jesus as he is telling his apostles about the future of the prophetic program…

Mark 13:32
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

There are a lot of questions about if Jesus is God, why would he say neither the Son knoweth?  He only says that in the book of Mark, because the book of Mark shows him as the Suffering Servant.   And, in the bible, a servant knoweth not what his lord doeth.

John 15:15
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

When he quotes that same passage in the book of Matthew, he never says neither the Son.   So, the reason he uses neither the Son in the book of Mark is because that is the theme of Mark.  Every book is that way.

Transcribed excerpt from audio file: “09 2 Thess Ch1.mp3

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