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This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, December 20, 2018
John 7:21 “Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23 Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
John 8:31 “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
48 “The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.”
What an interesting verse, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
“Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day… he saw it… and was glad.”
It’s very interesting to me that Jesus said Abraham “saw it” (Jesus’ day) and was glad. It’s like Jesus is saying Abraham waited a L O N G time… and he is THRILLED. It’s not like Jesus said, “Abraham would have loved to have seen this day!” Jesus is said, “Abraham LOVES THIS.” Now… currently… at THIS time! He’s pumped! Stoked!
(How did/does Jesus know this? Was he peering into heaven? Did the Father tell him? Did Abraham appear to him as Moses and Elijah did, but we just don’t have record of it?)
Matthew 13:17 (and Luke 10:24), Jesus said, “For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
But Abraham saw it!
Thank you that you give us ears to hear and eyes to SEE!