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Withering Figs: A Figgy Perspective

30 July 2009 Ministry

The story from the Synoptic gospels (e.g., Matthew 21:19ff.) shows Jesus withering a fig in a passage that often feels out of place. This anger of Jesus, this cursing, is not something that we’re totally comfortable with. After all, Jesus is supposed to be that emasculated European beauty that lets people walk all over him, right?

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The Psychology of Abraham (Genesis 22)

16 July 2009 Biblical Studies

When considering Genesis 22, I am most intrigued by the psychology of Abraham. God (Elohim) comes to him and commands that he sacrifice Isaac. Now, Isaac, of course, was the fulfillment of God’s promise. Through Isaac and his offspring Abraham was supposed to be come a great nation. After so many years of waiting and hoping, he and Sarah finally have this promised child. Now, God is asking that Abraham trust him in a rather insane way. How can Abraham possibly do this? What mental hoops must he jump through?

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