Hey folks! Still on hiatus, but this was too good not to share!
I heard of this from Dr. Michael Heiser doing an interview with Josh and Donna Peck on Matthew 7 and what Jesus meant when He says “Thou shalt not judge.” The conversation itself was fascinating and revealing, but one thing that I think about sometimes and was brought up toward the middle of the conversation was the discussion of Jesus’ sarcasm.
Jesus was really funny, and employed sarcasm to drive home points that mere civil discussion just couldn’t do rhetorically. But when Jesus tells his audience to remove the log out of their own eye before trying to remove the speck out of someone else’s…
I just just imagine the snickers in the crowd from the visual. Well, yes, of course! What a practical way to the think about it! Don’t be a hypocrite, in other words. Love it.
Dr. Heiser points out another one in John 10. Jesus has just declared that He and the Father were one (another clear claim that He was YHWH). The Jews pick up stones to throw at Him and He calmly says… “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?”
Can you imagine the guts to say that to an angry mob? And how ridiculously sarcastic that is?
Anyway, I love it. Enjoy!