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Jesus Words of Life:
John 6:54-69 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”
When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you…? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
THE WORDS I SPEAK – rhéma (from rhéo, “to speak”) – a spoken word, made “by the living voice” rhéma (“spoken-word”) is commonly used in the NT for the Lord speaking His dynamic, living word in a believer to inbirth faith (“His inwrought persuasion”).
However – we have problem – we don’t ‘hear’ the words He spoke in Hebrew or Aramaic. We hear English translated from the Greek through centuries of ‘translation.’
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” If we used a different vocabulary or if we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.
Hebrew Words – Hebrew is God’s heart language—the mother tongue of the Scriptures Jesus read. Hebrew is also an extremely rich, poetic language that looks at the world in very different ways than English.
Some ideas simply don’t travel well across languages and time. In order to taste the true breadth of expression of the Bible’s ancient words, you have to travel back mentally to their original Middle Eastern setting.
Romanizing the Jesus Movement Dr. Dwight Pryor
WHAT TODAY is called “Christianity” actually began as a messianic movement within Judaism. From its inception, the Jesus movement was thoroughly Jewish in its composition and culture. The Rabbi from Nazareth taught in the manner of other Jewish sages…
In subsequent centuries, however, the Hebraic foundations of the Gospel in the West were eroded or even excised under the weight of the prevailing Roman worldview. Some of the shifts were seismic, others were more subtle, but together their influence reverberates upon the Christian mind even today.
FOR EXAMPLE, by the end of the Fourth Century, the emperors Constantine and Theodosis had wed the church to the Roman Empire. What began as a persecuted minority sect metamorphosed into a persecuting majority, a triumphalistic State religion concerned more with worldly power than fidelity to the Kingdom of the gospels.
Theological shifts occurred as well. Preoccupation with the individual and the soul’s place in the afterlife displaced the Hebraic orientation of creating a new humanity, a renewed covenant community of people, reconciled to God and one another in love. The powerful redemptive work of Messiah that transformed lives became objectified in the sacraments… And the church which began as a redeemed community of committed disciples became an imperial organization composed of anyone willing to confess the Apostles’ Creed.
The multiple images of atonement found in the New Testament, all drawn from the Hebrew Bible – such as sacrifice, conflict and victory over evil, ransom and redemption, reconciliation, and adoption into a family – gave way to doctrinal “theories of atonement.” Justification and a juridical view of salvation began to dominate, conceived more in categories of retributive Roman law than the relational context of a Torah given in grace.
Y/H/W/H, Israel’s gracious God, became re-imaged in the popular mind after the likeness of Greco-Roman deities whose anger had to be appeased.
Luke 19:12-24 “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’
15 And when he returned, He called his servants, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’
And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ ‘…You also be over five cities.’
20 Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’
22 You knew that (perception) I was an austere man???
austéros (ow-stay-ros’) grim, severe, strict, exacting, harsh, rigid.