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New Covenant Epilogue: Warnings and Response

In the epilogue to the New Covenant Jesus utters three warnings. These are bookends to the blessings at the start of the section, and probably function the way the curses of the Old (Sinai) Covenant functioned: as warnings against disobedience … Continue reading

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Wasting Grace and Asking Faithfully

Jesus next gives His disciples a command to refrain from “giving what is holy to dogs” or “giving pearls to swine.” This instruction resembles ancient wisdom about avoiding needless conflict by refraining from offering unwanted advice to people with the … Continue reading

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Judgment Calls

Judgment Calls In our latest Wascana Fellowship session we finished Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount by covering the last three “commandments,” Jesus’ famous summation of “all the law and the Prophets,” and His three final warnings/exhortations to His disciples about … Continue reading

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Public Piety

Jesus’ “sixth commandment” involves three aspects of public piety, or making a show of being religious. The aspects He describes are good works, prayer and fasting. Jesus seems to be addressing a common trait of the time and place: religious … Continue reading

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Turning the Other Cheek: the Background

Previously on Wascana Fellowship 2.0: With the demise of the Sinai/Deuteronomic Covenant in 586 BC, there needed to be a New Exodus, led by a New Moses. Jesus’ ministry is described by the Gospel writers in terms and symbolism that … Continue reading

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Oaths and Vows

In this post we return to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: With Jesus on the Mountain, surrounded by His disciples and a multitude, we have a picture of God once again giving His Ten Commandments. In a previous post, we … Continue reading

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New Covenant: Prologue

Two posts ago I tried to suggest that the place in the New Testament that most resembles the outline of a covenant (as per Dr. Meredith G. Kline’s Treaty of the Great King) is Jesus’ Sermon on the mount, which … Continue reading

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