if i make my bed in hell

behold, thou art there

day 987, luke 22
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- Yes, I missed a day yesterday. Yesterday was a terrible day.

- The new covenant, the fulfilment of Passover, the coming of the kingdom of God.

- And Peter did strengthen his brothers.

- I wonder how these coincidences with the room and the donkey worked out. Did Jesus know that the person who would have organised the room would end up not using it, or did he actively take someone else's place? Or did he have a supporter within the city?

- I like that an angel gave him strength. God can strengthen us even when our friends abandon us, and even Jesus needed help.

day 986, luke 21
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- Again I have no thoughts, but this version is probably more clear about the desolation being the destruction of Jerusalem?
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day 985, luke 20
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- I actually have no thoughts; I'm miserable and I've read all of this before in Matthew.
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day 984, luke 19
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- Jesus could have saved them from the destruction of Jerusalem but they didn't listen?

- I've heard that the parable of the king makes sense as being about one of the Herods/economic inequality, and if it is about the kingdom not instantly appearing it could be him telling them about the persecution at the hands of a malignant king.

- Zaccheus I don't know how to deal with, because Jesus came to change the minds of people in collusion with oppression, and save them from their own oppression too? Part of me is like 'TOO LIBERAL', but idk. I mean, I collude. Most people collude in some way. I doubt all our ways are as easy to change as giving all our money away because everything's so tied up with oppressive systems, and you can't necessary destroy them without technology for organisation &c&c.

- Apart from Zaccheus and the reworking of the king story, a lot of this is familiar. Luke does add/embellish, though.

day 983, luke 18
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- It's encouraging that God will quickly grant justice, but this is in a context where people were oppressed, where Christians were persecuted and Jewish people kept under the weight of Roman rule. Is the justice the justice of new life, of resurrection, of hope? Or is it the miracles and healings that accompanied the Christians and Jesus?

- I don't know if it's things I've been reading recently reminding me of my upbringing, but all this about humility reminds me of the worrying 'you're kind of nothing' self-abasement trend of modern evangelicism.

- His kindness to Peter is lovely, though.

- Idk if this is disrespectful because it's about the cross, but I know that feel w/r/t not understanding.

- And his acceptance of the blind man and children when people viewed them as lesser and wanted thme pushed away - humility in this context could be more about accepting those society views as least/not viewing yourself as above them?

day 982, luke 17
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- Do not appreciate the slave parable for many reasons.

- The kingdom of God is within you - does that mean that we have to build it ourselves? I think given other verses (esp. about the parousia/resurrection/renewal of all things) it's more likely to mean that the kingdom starts within us with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

- It's weird that Jesus seems to be associating the destruction of Jerusalem with himself.

- 'Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather' could refer to Jerusalem since he was crucified there.

- The part about people losing their lives keeping it is encouraging in the context of a disaster he kind of makes seem God-given - it indicates there's hope and life and love beyond.

- The instructions - don't turn back of fetch your belongings - can be taken as warning to run.

day 981, luke 16
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- I don't know if now is a bad time to read this chapter - I'm distracted and I may not get the wealth of insight it offers.

- However, I did notice - 'what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God'. Which possibly confirms my 'power and money legit don't matter to God, God turns things upside down and deals with things totally differently' thing.

day 980, luke 15
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- The son doesn’t seem very grateful (it’s possible his words are hyperbole designed to appeal for forgiveness), and yet the father/God is so gloriously happy to see him, and filled with so much love he doesn’t even mind.

- This is my favourite chapter of the Bible - feminine God, God hugging people, possibly the most individualistic depiction of love in the Bible? - but I don’t seem to have much to say today.

day 979, luke 14
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- I wonder if Jesus repeated the argument about healing on the sabbath/healed on the sabbath many times?

- That's exaltation in the human sense, though, and I think God probably has a different idea of what exaltation is.

- Oh, but the next parable is marvellous and reinventing all people's ideas and notions of how to be.

- Is the parable about invitation again about the Jewish people rejecting Jesus?

- Is the salt about the old agreement, especially in context of the other parables? And if so should we take it in the context of the time? Because Judaism still exists now and in relation to imperial Christianity we've oppressed and persecuted Jewish people, so I doubt we can hold to these arguments without taking that into account. That, and the Hebrew Scriptures themselves indicate that the old agreement would remain.

- Also, going by verses 25-33, I cannot become a disciple.

day 978, luke 13
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- Both the narrow door and the 'you will perish just as they did' are troublesome, although the latter could refer to the destruction of Jerusalem.

- I still don't understand the meaning of the parable of the fig tree.

- The wry humour of 'impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem' is lovely, as is his impatience with Herod.

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