10-08-2016, 11:06 AM
Picking up where I left off in post 70.
Again, this is kind of a rabbit trail off of the topic of the thread. But it's relevant for two reasons: it shows what I consider a great example of Jesus using cryptic language to condemn a powerful ruler (in this case, Herod Antipas), just as I argue he does for Caesar in the "give unto Caesar" passage; and it allows me to point out a coin that, typical of the coins of Galilee and Judea in Jesus' day, did not have an idolatrous image and inscription on it.
The confusing saying of Jesus that I alluded to in post 70 is given in two slightly different forms in Matthew and Luke, as follows:
A basic interpretive question is whether or not Jesus is talking about something good, such as entering into the kingdom of God, or bad, such as persecuting those who belong to this kingdom. As you can see, the English version of Matthew 11:12, which I just quoted, makes it sound negative. And I agree with that rendering. But the versions present it more ambiguously.