Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

This parable can be found in Matthew 13:24-30 and its explanation is given in 13:36-43. It is often assumed that this parable is about the end of the world and the final judgment. My aim will be to demonstrate that this is not Jesus's main concern in the parable.

"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field." (v24)

The man is Jesus, as in all the other parables in Chapter 13, and the good seed is Israel, whom He planted in the world as his own people after the exile:

"I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and not be moved again" (1 Chronicles 17:9)

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Should small children be allowed to take communion?

Most Christians who have a view on the matter would probably answer no, citing 1 Corinthians 11:27-28,

"Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup."

Since smaller children are unable to "examine themselves", it is argued, it is not appropriate for them to take communion. This argument dissolves when the passage is examined in context, which I shall attempt to do now.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

The Glory of the New Covenant

" 'Behold, days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,' declares the LORD.

'But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days', declares the LORD, 'I will put bacon within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.'

They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'know what to eat,' for they will all know what to eat, from the least of them to the greatest of them, declares the LORD, for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.' "

(Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Mmm... bacon