Saturday, May 16, 2009

John 11

4 comments:

Berry Girl said...

I loved being able to read this passage yesterday morning. I love the relationship that Mary, Martha and Lazarus all had with Jesus - if I had been alive at that time, I would have wanted to be them.

My Bible notes talk about Jesus being moved to tears over the death of His friend - I always assumed He was sad that Lazarus was dead, but when I read it yesterday I wondered how that could be since He already knew that Lazarus WOULDN'T be dead, at least not for long.

So I looked at my notes, and they said this:
"the Gr term "deeply moved" always suggests anger, outrage, or emotional indignation. Most likely Jesus was angered at the emotional grief of the people because it implicitly revealed unbelief in the resurrection and the temporary nature of death...the group was acting in despair...like pagans who had no hope..."
I found that interesting.

I also love how Caiaphas, the High Priest, unwittingly prophesies the death of Christ for sinners..."it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish" v50.

I love how this illustrates, as do many other passages, how God uses us even when we are totally unaware, or uses us in spite of ourselves. Those are always special moments, where you realize that some random thing that you said or did that really meant "nothing" to you meant was used by God to speak into the life of someone else. Beautiful.

Prairie Chick said...

so what do your bible notes say about verses 8-10? =) Those ones kind of left me scratching my head.

Very good enlightenment from your notes about Jesus emotions, I didn't know that!

Were you there when Pastor Darrell just preached on this? How the Israelites would always wait four days to pronounce the final death notice, because in the first three days there was always a slight hope that the person might resuscitate, but on the fourth day the stench would confirm that death was final? So in not getting there till the fourth day there was a clearer statement that this was a miracle raising from the dead and not just a resuscitation from a coma like condition. By the fourth day all hope was dead.

"Caiaphas did not think of this himself. As high priest that year, he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for their nation and for God's scattered children to bring them all together and make them one." v52

scattered, bring them together, make them one. I love that.



verse 16??? "Let us also go that we can die with him?" Bizarre.

Berry Girl said...

ok, 8-10:
"during the light of the sun, most people did their work safely. When darkness came, they stopped. The proverbial saying, however, had a deeper meaning. As long as the Son performed His Father's will (ie. during the daylight period of his ministry...) He was safe. The time would soon come (nighttime) when, by God's design, His earthly work would end and He would "stumble" in death. Jesus was stressing that as long as He was on earth doing God's will, even at this late time in His ministry, He would safely complete God's purposes."

v.16
"Thomas' words reflect loyal devotion and, at the same time, pessimism over the fact that they would probably all die"

helpful?

Prairie Chick said...

okay, yeah. that all makes total sense now that the kids are in bed and the house is quiet. I think I must have got totally distracted somewhere in between there and then so thanks for helpin' me out on that one =)