My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, August 20, 2007

John 10

God and gods

Anyone who sneaks into a pen is bad. If you're good you use the gate. Jesus is the gate, and any other ways to God are illegitimate. Jesus is a good shepherd and is willing to die for his sheep, his people.

They wanted Jesus to openly say he was the Messiah, but Jesus said that it was clear from his miracles. He said he was one with God. They went to stone him on account of this claim. Jesus shows that if some great biblical heroes are called gods, then surely he can be!

Key verses:
35-36. f he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'?

My thoughts:
I struggle with this part of the Bible. The Jehovah's Witness use it to say that Jesus is a god, but not the same as 'Jehovah'. They say that other greats in the Bible are called God, and that appears to be the case in Psalm 82, though it certainly is not common. I get the feeling that Jesus is covering his back here so he doesn't get stoned. Jesus' special identity with God is clear when he says that he and his Father are one.

Also, read Psalm 82. It's certainly not clear that those 'god's' are heroes. They may be false gods. The quotation marks certainly make it look that look. God Bless the NIV!


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