“Ran… embraced… kissed”

(Old Facebook Post–Revised)

Compare Luke 15:20 with Genesis 33:4. The father in the Prodigal Son parable “ran… embraced… kissed” his younger son; in Genesis the older son Esau “ran… embraced… kissed” the younger son Jacob.

Perhaps Jesus is saying prodigals and sinners (see Luke 15:1) are the typological fulfillment of Jacob–and are therefore the true Israel! The Pharisees and scribes (Luke 15:2), on the other hand, aren’t even as good as foolish, non-elect Esau (or the scoundrel Laban; see Genesis 29:13), who had the decency to welcome his younger brother.

Note: These are the only Bible verses where all these key words occur.


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Wisdom versus revelation – James 1:5

(Old Facebook Post)

Wisdom is the God-given ability to make decisions when faced with complex situations. Revelation is a voice from heaven–God speaking his wisdom directly to me.

So when I am faced with a complex decision and pray for wisdom, in response to James 1:5 (“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God…”), why am I often waiting, not for wisdom, but for revelation?

And by the way, wisdom comes by persevering faithfully through trials (cf. James 1:2-4), which means it might not come instantly.


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Jonah and superficial repentance

(Old Facebook Post)

Those of you who studied Jonah in Sunday School today may especially be interested in this study which suggests Jonah’s chapter 2 prayer was a sham. I agree! (There is even more evidence than given here.)

Takeaway thought: Beware superficial repentance–repentance which is still self-centered, which feels worthy of God’s mercy and refuses to offer it to others.


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