The Healings and Commands of Jesus: A Closer Look
Author: Elizabeth Carey
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Nebbadoon Press
Release Date: September 01, 2011
Two non-denominational study guides for serious adult Bible students and for Sunday School teachers. The purpose of the first study guide is three-fold:
1. To understand the healings in the gospels as natural occurrences, not as miracles;
2. To suggest new ways to get fresh insights from these familiar stories;
3. To see the gospel record of healing as containing beneficial hints regarding Christian healing for every age.
Biblical healings are often thought of as tall tales, myths, or supernatural events. What if they are records of real day-to-day activities, records of what was said, seen, and accomplished? Both philosophers and theologians have argued that a miracle is not an exception from law but is the working of a law that as yet is not adequately understood. If this is true, are there concepts we have overlooked in the biblical record? Are compassion, faith, understanding, and expectancy elements of a lawlike fabric of reality that could bring similar results today?
The purpose of the second study guide is also for serious adult Bible students and for Sunday School teachers. According to the gospel of John, Jesus said to his disciples, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). What are these commandments that we are to keep?
Jesus' sayings as given in the gospels can be categorized as commands, declarative comments, and questions. In this book we will look at his commands, to see more clearly what we are to do, what actions we are to take, and how we are to think, in order to live the life Jesus expected of his followers.
This book is a study of some of the commands in depth. It shares ways to get more out of these briefly stated demands and considers whether it is feasible or desirable to apply them in modern society.
The commands can be roughly divided into three types:
1.Short imperatives addressed to individuals in specific situations such as:
"Follow me" (Matt. 9:9).
"Arise, take up thy bed" (Matt. 9:6).
"Stretch forth thine hand" (Matt. 12:13).
2.Commands that are more culturally relative, such as those regarding alms and fasting (Matt. 6:1-4,16-18).
3.Commands that are timeless because they are concerned with an individual's thoughts and relationships. Examples of this type of command are:
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matt. 22:37).
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matt. 22:39).
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matt. 5:48).
This third category deals with the ultimate issues of existence. This book will be concerned mainly with this type of imperative.
The author, Dr. Elizabeth L. Carey retired in 1990 as Associate Professor of Religion at Principia College, where she taught New Testament courses for 13 years. She has a BA in English/Education from Principia College, an MA in English from Michigan State University, an MRE from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament Studies from Walden University.