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Welcome to Friday Q&A.

I have no new questions in my mail bag today - ah well. There was a question a couple weeks ago that Brother Larry from Larry Who and I were tossing about. Feel free to jump into the discussion with your opinions or even your empirical knowledge of the subject matter. Larry is the author of many books which you can find on his site, or on Amazon.com and he has a wonderful and challenging blog.

So here is our little conversation - please feel free to join in.

Also - if you have questions of your own that you would like to pose to me - or to the community click the Q&A button to the right and we will give it a go.

 

Question: Is the leprosy as stated in the Bible the same as what we call leprosy today?


Good question – and i honestly am clueless on that one – Do you have any insight on that?

Leprosy as stated in the Old Testament was more of a skin discoloration or skin condition. (Exodus 4:6) Whereas today’s leprosy involves a nerve problem and leads to a rotting away of limbs, ears, nose, and other extremities.

They don’t seem to be related, but yet, they could be. Not sure about this.

I have heard that too, yet it always seemed pretty desperate when folks got it – like Miriam or Hezekiah, and with Jesus it is listed among the biggies – heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead – so i always thought it fell in there in severity to – like right next to dead – which sounds worse than – say psoriasis.

I agree, but from a Jew’s perspective, they were right next to the dead. They were blemished sheep who were not allowed into the Temple or near other Jews. As far as they were concerned, they might as well have been dead.

Wow – yes good point Larry!

OK - now it's your turn - What do you think, or know?

Thanks for coming by.

Don't forget to submit your questions.

Ben

Welcome to Friday Q&A, a brand new feature here at Another Red Letter Day!

I met Felicia on her blog very recently. I believe I found her through a twitter link. Not sure exactly. She has a wonderful blog, and I would love it if you would check it out.

A  Life  Sanctified  

Living my outrageous, audacious faith in Jesus!

She and I were talking the other day about this verse in John’s account of the raising of Lazarus in the context of what moves Jesus.

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. And so the Jews were saying, “Behold how He loved him!” John 11:36

The question at hand is why is Jesus weeping?

Here it is from Felicia:

I’ve been giving this some thought …why did Jesus cry? Certainly it wasn’t for Lazarus because He knew He would raise him for His Father’s glory. So was it because of the disbelief of the others? The depth of pain the others were feeling? Or perhaps the disbelief of all humanity?

I have moved around on this question a fair bit.

I agree with Felicia, that it just does not make sense to me, that Jesus was saddened by the death of Lazarus.  (On the other hand I am not sure  the logic produced by my itsy bitsy brain is a sure test of scriptural soundness) After all we know from the context that Jesus basically let Him die because He knew what He would do.

I have heard many times He was basically sympathizing with the sorrow of the others around. The prior verse does say that there was weeping on every side. Mary, clearly one of His closest earthly friends, was weeping, as were the rest of the folks gathered. Was He just caught up in the emotion of the moment?

For many years I would have probably picked the next answer. He was saddened by the unbelief of some of His closest followers. Is this perhaps one of those “when I return will I find faith on the earth” or “did you learn nothing from the loaves and the fishes” moments?

Here is another thought. I know there are times when I consider the torture Jesus went through, all the shame, the beatings, the blood, nails, thorns, mocking, spitting, slapping, finally a spear in the side, and I am moved to tears, though I am fully aware of the next chapter. Perhaps Jesus was actually sorry that His delay causes Lazarus more pain.

One interesting detail here is that the word translated “wept” is not the same word as in the verse above. That word is more appropriate for mourning and grief. The word used in “Jesus wept” might better be rendered “shed tears”. This word in this form only shows up once in the Bible. Its root is the word “tear” which is more common, is used in two of the accounts of Mary washing Jesus’ feet with her “tears.”

It is also interesting as we ponder this that a couple verses down we see this:

Jesus therefore again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. ~ John 11:38

One of the struggles I have with Jesus doing things in reaction to emotions is that we also know of Jesus that He only does what He sees the Father do. (see John 5:19) So I will ask another question:

What is the relationship of Jesus being “deeply moved within” and the fact that He knew He was coming to raise the dead. I am convinced from the top of the story that Jesus knew Lazarus was coming out of that tomb, He had seen it with the Father. So what does the emotion have to do with it.

I know I am leaving this open ended. This is my whole plan for Friday Q&A. I am hoping for interchange. I would love it if you would interact here. What are your thoughts on the matter? I think we all learn from sharing our ideas, considering and then growing. So share away. It would even be great if you have a lot to say, just blog about it and put a link below.

Oh - and don't forget to go visit Felicia - you will be glad you did! - A  Life  Sanctified

Remember the rules:

Be polite.

Be honest.

Be gentle.

Be friendly.

Ready, GO….

If you have questions of your own you would like to toss around click the Q&A button on the side bar and we'll chat.

My Wonderful Bride and I
My Wonderful Bride and I

Today, June 9th 2013

I am celebrating 2 Anniversaries!

Today my beautiful bride and I have been hitched 34 Years! We have 4 great kids and 2 great kids-in-law and thousands of great memories to show for it.

On a much less momentous level, this is also my one year blogging anniversary. I have 536 posts, 3200 comments, and nearly 22,000 page views. Not a horrible first year. Oh - and by the way - that is all thanks to you, my new friends and blogging family.

To celebrate the first, I have signed up for another 34 years, and Corinne is actually taking me off probation.

To celebrate the latter, I am introducing something new here at Another Red Letter Day.

Beginning this week I want to announce a new weekly feature.

I am calling it: Friday Q&A.

Another Red Letter Day Q&A
Another Red Letter Day Q&A

Here is how it is going to work.

On Sunday’s I will post a short invitation for questions.

I will sprinkle some links throughout the week.

On Friday I will pick a few and create a post for each.

Ok – so the fact is I don’t really know everything, though I have thought about a bunch of things over the 30 years I have been at this.

My hope is that these questions will open up some lively discussions on Fridays.

So if you have opinions, especially ones that differ from mine (you know the kind – wrong ones) I am hoping you will join in.

If I have no idea how to answer – I’ll let you know, and we can brainstorm together.

What do you think?

Got Questions?

If I use your question I will make sure to link to your home base – wherever it is.

Only a couple rules.

Be polite.
Be honest.
Be gentle.
Be friendly.

I reserve the right to choose the questions I want, (I am after-all the one holding the chalk) and to delete comments that don’t follow the rules.

Ask away.

BenThanks as always,

Ben

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