Today Mike gives a deep dive into the background and meaning of Ephesians 6: The principles inculcated within this passage of scripture are timeless and should be fully integrated into the life of the modern believer. The theological connotations contained in this passage must be interpreted as a unified peroration regarding the necessity for the believer to be cognizant of the spiritual battle that permeates our daily existence. Perhaps more importantly is the applicatory nature of this pericope and the urgency by which Paul endorses persistent engagement of the enemy through the panoply of God and through prayer.
There is no new theology.
There are new books published every month. Unfortunately, there is not unanimity among the interpreters. In Isaiah 56—66 a portrait of an underclass emerges.
The nation itself is out of favor with God and stands under his righteous judgment. Come here, you sons of a sorceress, Offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute.
Against whom do you jest? Against whom do you open wide your mouth And stick out your tongue? Are you not children of rebellion, Offspring of deceit?
This community of faith is an oppressed and outcast group Isa The larger community has excluded them Isa Indeed, this remnant is righteous Because of their piety, the righteous remnant was under attack by the apostate majority who possessed the positions of power within the nation These oppressors were regarded as idolatrous apostates The underclass of Isaiah 56—66 are persecuted because of their uncompromising position with regard to the Law and would, therefore, tend to be economically disadvantaged in comparison with their compromising counterparts.
The positions of political power and the wealth accompanying political office would only be granted to those sympathetic to the ruling, idolatrous aristocracy. Disenfranchisement would tend to be their fate, and they would inevitably drift toward the lowest socio-economic strata.
The message of the prophet in Isa Similar expressions at Qumran continue this notion 1QM Jesus reads Isa He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are downtrodden, To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. In 11QMelch, Isa Precisely the same nuance is contained in the quote from Isa Many in Israel have already capitulated and receive commensurate perquisites wealth and power.
Others refuse to compromise and instead continue to practice the Torah faithfully. As a result the righteous experience social oppression at the hands of their fellow countrymen who are collaborators. This class of Israelites has been oppressed for their allegiance to Yahweh and have been awaiting deliverance.
As Dunn points out, the quote of Isa Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and cast in suits at you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.
Be glad in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. More important for the exegesis of this material are transparent redactional elements: Minear suggests that the regions named in 6: Consequently, the beatitudes and the woes are addressed to this group of disciples and potential disciples.
The Isaianic context mentions that the faithful must endure hatred Those who are poor, hungry and weeping are those who have identified with the Son of Man and experience persecution as a result.
Jesus seems to be indicating that his disciples were included in that pious underclass of whom Isaiah wrote. Moreover, poverty, hunger and sorrow hardly characterize the early church. John had announced that the eschaton had drawn nigh and, therefore, judgment was imminent.
Jeremias insightfully notes that each of these texts was chosen with great care because they all contain not only promises of blessing, but also of judgment.
He says in effect:III. ASSESSMENT Your final grade will be determined by three factors: (1) your completion of the required reading, (2) a exegetical paper on a text of your choosing, (3) a two-question final exam.
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Context. Locate your pericope both within the immediate context of the basic division of the book and the overall structural units of the book. You may have to read a couple of chapters to The goal of your paper should be to describe as clearly and concisely as you. A historical commentary on the Gospel of Mark.
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Nick opened the series by looking at pastoral ministry and four strategies for spiritual warfare. Dave wrote on spiritual warfare and growing in the grace of God.