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Ezekiel 17:22 24

Ezekiel 17:22 24

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1.1 Ezekiel 17:22-24
Ezekiel 17:22
I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar 
– In thisimage, the L
ORD
is responsible for the growth of trees.This passage from Ezekiel differs dramatically from the mustard seed para-ble found in Mark because the cedar is a strong powerful tree that is notfound in Israel while the mustard refers to a common plant/weed.Ezekiel 17:23
On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it 
– It appears to be atransplant – a non-native plant put in a new environment.Ezekiel 17:24
I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree
– Does the referto the transplanted tree or the mustard seed?
1.2 Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
Psalm 92:1
It is good to give thanks to the
L
ORD
– This statement forms thebases for the worship in the temple, synagogue, and church. We offer uppraise for what we have been first given.Psalm 92:2
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulnessby night 
– All of our existence is due to the work of the L
ORD
.Psalm 92:3
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre
– Ourpraise includes the gift of music.Psalm 92:4
For you, O
L
ORD
 , have made me glad by your work 
– Our attitudeof praise has been given to us by the L
ORD
....Note that all the words of destruction for those who do not walk in the way of the L
ORD
has been removed.Psalm 92:12
The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
– How does one rectify what this verse asserts and the life of theMessiah? Making true life occur sometime in the great by and by is nothingmore than transforming this tradition into a placebo that promises healingsome time later. Asserting that the faithful receive these gifts ignores thefact that the most Holy One dies on the tree. But there is something goodabout following the L
ORD
.1
 
Psalm 92:13
They are planted in the house of the
L
ORD
; they flourish in thecourts of our God.
– The same issues in verse 12 appear here. What does itmean that you are flourishing when the Son of God died for you?Psalm 92:14Psalm 92:15
1.3 2 Corinthians 5:6-17
2 Corinthians 5:6
even though we know that while we are at home in the bodywe are away from the Lord 
– The author asserts that there is a separationfrom God when one is in the body (
ςα
). On one level, we could speak of the division between the profane and the sacred. But that distinction wouldhave us find places where God is not. This is an impossibility. Perhaps theauthor is referring to physicality being with God. This interpretation makesmore sense when you consider the idea that our journey throughout life isone of uncertainty.2 Corinthians 5:7
for we walk by faith, not by sight 
– The path from one placeto another happens because we trust that the One is with us here and at theend.2 Corinthians 5:8
we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
– Given the choice between the current existence (
σα
) and what ispossible, the author would rather have what might be.2 Corinthians 5:9
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
– Drawing on the imagery of the journey, the author reminds usthat our work is to please God and not one another.2 Corinthians 5:10
For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ 
– Each of us are responsible for our lives.2 Corinthians 5:11
we try to persuade others
– Since we know what will happen,it is only logical that we inform others about reality.2 Corinthians 5:12
We are not commending ourselves to you again
– Now Paulreturns to the issue of the other teachers.2
 
2 Corinthians 5:13
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God 
– If we are outside(
ξίστηι
) our normal way of acting (that is insane), then so be it.2 Corinthians 5:14
For the love of Christ urges us on
– It is not the law that isforcing the author onward.
we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died 
– Theuniversality of death of Christ meaning that all must die also is surprisingsince the inverse is normally encountered. Christ died for all so that every-one may live. The inversion speaks of suffering. If God can die, then so canyou.2 Corinthians 5:15
he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer  for themselves
– The reason why Jesus died is simply this. Our deaths nolonger count for anything and neither do our lives. Because of this fact, wecan focus on the existence of the other.2 Corinthians 5:16
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
– The application of universalityeven includes not seeing people as they are. The world has passed away andin its place is another. On one level, this is gnostic. On another plane, it isnot. Everyone has access to this knowledge.2 Corinthians 5:17
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everythingold has passed away; see, everything has become new!
– The problem withthis statement is the universal realization that the old human is still with us.
1.4 Mark 4:26-34
It appears that we are to recall the Hebrew word
mashal
, which means a riddle.
1
This idea is from Ezekiel 17:2 (“Son of man, propound a riddle, and speak anallegory to the house of Israel” RSV)In these two parables, we have the hidden nature of Jesus.
2
He teaches withpower but is powerless on the cross. The seed seems to be small but it brings forth
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