“To this day, God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my wilful path, violently and recklessly, all things that upset by subjective plans and intentions, and change the course of my life for better or worse.” (C.G. Jung)
OPINION OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (Bible Hub, pg.60)
Why does John ask the question in Mt. 11:2-3? Recall baptism of Jesus: what would John not have known? Note the “in prison” and imagine the yearning of the Jews at this time.
What does the longing behind John’s question come from in the human psyche?
Activity: Draw or paint that which is behind this yearning.
The aim here is not a pretty picture (though it may be); rather, you are giving an opportunity for the right side of your brain to enter the discussion. Just start drawing or painting without necessarily knowing what you are going to portray. When you are finished it is very likely that it will not be anything like you intended; instead, it will inform you.
What in a word describes what you see in this drawing?
Jung calls this the ‘Centre’. What might it be like to touch the centre?
What, in us, wants this centre to be Jesus?
The passage from the Hebrew Scriptures quoted in Mt. vv.4-5 is from Isaiah 29:18-19; 35:5-6 and 61:1. What part of this is not in Isaiah?
Where have you heard this before in our study?
What does this suggest about Jesus’ self-image?
What kind of answer does Jesus give?
What is he not saying?
What is he saying?
What is he saying in Mt. v.6 in your own words?
List all the possible reasons for Jesus answering this way.
What do you think is Jesus’ answer for himself at this point?
Advance the page on the Bible Hub website. What is Jesus’ estimate of John in Mt.11:7-11 and parallel?
What is the significance of the last part?
How does the Kingdom come according to John? to Jesus?
How does one enter the Kingdom according to John? to Jesus?
When does the Kingdom come according to John? to Jesus?
What is the nature of God according to John? to Jesus?
Who will bring the Kingdom according to John? to Jesus?
Would John think he is in the Kingdom?
Do you think Jesus is correct?
OPINION OF A WOMAN vs. OPINION OF A PHARISEE (Bible Hub, pg. 64)
In v.36, where is Jesus and what is he doing?
Who comes v. 37?
What sort of sinner might this woman be?
Take a moment to create a picture of this scene in your imagination.
What is going on inside of her as she comes to the door?
What impresses you most about her?
What is the attitude of the pharisee toward the woman?
What is the attitude of Jesus toward the woman?
What is the point of the parable in vv. 40-43?
What is Jesus not saying at the v. 47?
What is Jesus heard to be saying by the pharisees?
How does Jesus know the woman’s sins are forgiven?
When did the woman realise she was forgiven?
What is Jesus role in this drama?
What does Jesus say at v. 50?
What is the Jesus’ definition of faith, based on this story?
What is a prostitute, in the most general sense?)
What part of you has prostituted itself?
Activity: Mime the parable.
OPINION OF JESUS’ FRIENDS Mk. 3:19b-21
What is the impression of Jesus here?
There are no parallel accounts of this passage in Mt. & Lk. How would you explain this?
THE BASIS OF REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS (Bible Hub, pg. 68)
What is Jesus’ reaction to being told his family is outside in Mk. 3:33-34 and parallel?
Who is his family in Mk, v. 35 and parallels?
What does this say about the real basis of a relationship with Jesus?
What would have been the impact on his hearers?
What, for 2000 years, has the church said was the basis of a relationship with Jesus?
Read Luke 14:26. “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”
Why such strong words?
What are the pulls from family that keep you from doing the will of God?
What are the guidelines for knowing the will of God?