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Who Do You Say That I Am? 051513
Luke 9 is maybe a favorite verse to many of use, yet it quietly stays as
it is. Only upon taking a special look at it, do we find it says several wonderful and special things we may not have recalled, and with the revised and lively, new language of The Message, we may have another block to our memory.
Besides asking the familiar ‘Who do you say I am?’ we also read in Luke 9:
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it.
Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all.”
This at first doesn’t sound familiar, but in the King James Version, this is translated as “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”
It doesn’t even sound like the same verses, and before one even tries to explain the differences between the meaning of the two translated verses, maybe we just need to sit back for a moment and enjoy that we have these two wonderful and beautiful uses of language. Maybe Jesus said exactly what one translation or another says, although translation is never that precise or exact, and maybe Jesus meant both of what these translations are saying—-I don’t know and we don’t know.
But as a church (by ‘church’ I mean the mutually loving and mutually committed disciples of Jesus, and I’m not referring to any building or any man-made organization either) each translation has something important to say, and since King James’ translation committee and also Eugene Peterson have their own idea of what is important to hear in these words, maybe we can read
them both and come up with our own meaning, and by the Holy Spirit know we are doing our best to find meaning.
Here it is: ‘We can’t follow Jesus because we seek pleasure or happiness or relief from suffering. We follow Jesus, whoever he is, because he loves us, and we love him.’
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Psalm 29 The Message (MSG)
29 1-2 Bravo, God, bravo!
Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
in awe before God’s visible
Stand at attention! Dress your
best to honor him!
The Message (MSG)
12-13 Then the Spirit picked me up.
Behind me I heard a great commotion—“Blessed be the Glory of God
in his Sanctuary!”—the wings of the living creatures beating
against each other, the whirling wheels, the rumble of a great
14-15 The Spirit lifted me and took me away. I went bitterly and angrily. I didn’t want to go. But God
had me in his grip. I arrived among the exiles who lived near the Kebar River at Tel Aviv. I came to where they were living and sat
there for seven days, appalled.
17-19 “Son of man, I’ve made you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say
something, warn them for me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You are going to die,’ and you don’t sound the alarm warning them that it’s a
matter of life or death, they will die and it will be your fault.
I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn the wicked and they keep
right on sinning anyway, they’ll most certainly die for their sin, but you won’t die. You’ll have saved your life.
20-21 “And if the righteous turn back from living righteously and take up with evil when I step in and
put them in a hard place, they’ll die. If you haven’t warned them, they’ll die because of their sins, and none of the right
things they’ve done will count for anything—and I’ll hold you responsible. But if you warn these righteous people not to sin and
they listen to you, they’ll live because they took the warning—and again, you’ll have saved your life.”
The Message (MSG)
18 One time when Jesus was off praying by himself, his disciples nearby, he asked them, “What are the crowds saying about
me, about who I am?”
Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.” Jesus then warned them to keep it quiet. They were to tell no one what Peter had said.
22 He went on, “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the religious leaders, high priests, and religion
scholars, be killed, and on the third day be raised up alive.”
has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t
run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.
Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my
way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to
get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is
embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son
of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all
his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This
isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken
their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own
eyes the kingdom of God.”
- Research Tools for Bible Study. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Does the New Testament Misquote the Old Testament?. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Taking a closer look at Isaiah 9:6 and Isaiah 7 (discover-the-truth.com)
- Righteousness? Worth a closer look. (faithfuldailyread.wordpress.com)
- Biblica Cleans Up the Bible with New “Books of the Bible” Release (christianwritingtoday.com)
- Streams of Life-Giving Water (planet.infowars.com)
- What does the Bible say about the death penalty? (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Knowing What the Bible ‘Really’ Means (christianitytoday.com)
- Bad thinking about the Bible: 4-13/14-13 (billtammeus.typepad.com)
- WWES? (What Would Ezekiel Say?) (dgsmith.org)