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Ezekiel 2:1 5

Ezekiel 2:1 5

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1.1 Ezekiel 2:1-5
Ezekiel 2:1
O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.
– Act likea man and here what the L
ORD
has to say.Ezekiel 2:2
a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet 
– The L
ORD
providesthe power for the prophet to stand up.Ezekiel 2:3
I am sending you
– This is the word of the L
ORD
. Go.Ezekiel 2:4Ezekiel 2:5
they shall know that there has been a prophet among them
– TheL
ORD
will move their hearts/minds and tell them the truth. They have beenwarned.
1.2 Psalm 123
Psalm 123:1
To you I lift up my eyes
– The psalmist assumes that heaven is abovethe earth.Psalm 123:2
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master 
– The authoruses a comparison that invokes the hierarchy between those who serve andtheir masters. The lower class pleads for grace from the upper class.Psalm 123:3
Have mercy upon us
– The plea is to be kind to the people.Psalm 123:4
1.3 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
2 Corinthians 12:2
I know a person in Christ 
– Paul appears to be describingsomeone else but one has the nagging suspicion that the report is actuallyabout him.2 Corinthians 12:3
caught up to the third heaven
– Perhaps the level is importantaspect of the report.1
 
2 Corinthians 12:4
was caught up into Paradise
– This is one of the three uses of the word in the New Testament: here, Luke 23:43 and Revelation 2:7.
heard things that are not to be told 
– One way to look at this phrase is thatit contains words of condemnation or doom. Another possibility is that thewords are spoken from one who loves the other very deeply.2 Corinthians 12:52 Corinthians 12:6
I will be speaking the truth
– Rather than acting like a foolwho does not know his right hand from his left, Paul asserts that he knowsexactly what happened.2 Corinthians 12:7
to keep me from being too elated 
– God gave Paul a reminderof the human condition.
a messenger of Satan to torment me
– Is this the confuser that causes doubtsor is it the quality control engineer that ensures that everything is up tostandard?
a thorn was given to me in the flesh
Σάρξ
is the human, physical existence(Galatians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:7; Colossians 1:22; 2:1; 5.)2 Corinthians 12:8
Three times
– Here Paul argues that one does not pray aboutcertain items without ceasing.2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect inweakness.
– This is an accurate summary of the life of a Christian. Godprovides for the believer and through the actions of the believer, no matterhow poor they might be, the faith is passed on to others.2 Corinthians 12:10
1.4 Mark 6:1-13
Before this text we have:Healing of the Gerasene demoniac (Mark 5:1-20)Healing (resuscitation) of Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:21-23, 35-43)Healing of the woman with the hemorrhage (Mark 5:24-34)2
 
“Everyone” (Jews and Gentiles) was amazed (Mark 5:20, 42)After this text we have:Death of John the Baptizer (Mark 6:14-29)Report of result of disciples (Mark 6:30)Mark 6:1
He left that place and came to his home town
– It is assumed that Jesushas just left the home of Jairus and that the home town is Nazareth.
and his disciples followed him
– They have no role in this part of the story.Mark 6:2
he began to teach
– Any Jewish man could teach if they were invitedby the synagogue’s officials.
1
Where did this man get all this?
– After Jesus’ cosmic struggle, Jesus mustbattle the “misunderstanding and hostility” of humans.
2
The author speaksthe questions that everyone is asking. Is not Jesus is just a normal “crafts-man?Howdoesthisperson,whoworkswiththeirhands,obtainthisknowl-edge and ability to heal? What is the root of Christ’s powers? Is it for goodor for evil? By this point in the narrative, the reader should be able to pro-vide correct responses.
What is this wisdom
– This is the only use of 
σοφία
in Mark.
deeds of power are being done by his hands
– This phrase recalls the deliv-erance of the Jews from the Egyptians.Mark 6:3
the carpenter 
Τέκτων
is anyone who works with their hands.
son of Mary
– This is the only time in Mark that Mary is specifically namedas the Mother of Jesus.Other authors tell us more positive things about Mary, James, Joses, Judas,Simon, and, are his sisters. Mary and His brothers (Acts 1:14), James theLord’s brother (Galatians 1:19; 2:11-12; Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18; James1:1), Jude (Jude 1). We do not have information on the other “siblings.”
 And they took offence at him.
– A better translation of 
σκανδαλίζοντο
(lemma
σκανδαλίζω
) would be scandalized. This indicates that some people
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