Posts Tagged ‘authority’


February 16, 2009

The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13.2-5)

Life has been a treasure trove of golden nuggets from God lately. I have been scribbling things down for the fast two weeks or so thinking, “This would be a great blog post!” That’s where my previous post came from and that’s where this one came from. While my previous post focused on the foot washing itself and proposed a modern day equivalent, I will now write about the prologue to the foot washing. We have a great picture here…Jesus is eating the evening Passover meal with his disciples. We learn that Judas has been prompted by the devil to betray Jesus, and then we read on through verses 3 and 4 to get the verse 5 where Jesus starts washing feet. But I think that is a case of putting the “emPHAsis on the wrong syLAble.” Language is funny in that sometimes phrases that are inserted to provide clarity can sometimes distract us from the focus of the sentence. I think this is what is happening here. Let’s take another look at these verses while temporarily setting aside a few parts.

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power…


he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet.


What I take away from this is not that Jesus set aside his power and chose to wash his disciples feet. No, rather

Jesus <i><b>knew</b></i> full well his position as well as the power and authority that came with it

and it was <i><b>this</b></i> that moved him or caused him to serve.

Power led to service.

Authority led to humility.

Lordship led to love.

Oh, the tragedy that the world lives the antithesis of this.

Oh, the heartbreak that the church often does too.



April 5, 2008

Okay…I don’t think there is any way around it.  We are obsessed with authority.  And when I say “we” I am referring to humanity.  I am reading for my exegesis paper which as I stated in an earlier post is on 1 Timothy 2:8-15.  Since a HUGE part of the debate about this passage is the use of the word authority, it is unbelieveably annoying, frustrating, maddening, frightening(!) how much the folks who say this passage says women can not teach use the word or idea of authority, authortative, position of authority, etc. when talking about the Bible, the apostle Paul, and the gift of preaching/teaching.  If the whole idea is to define or explain or exegete that very word/idea, how can you use it to define it?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?  I don’t like how we use this word.  We use it as if one who has authority has control of the rest.  Does a Pastor then have control of the congregation?  Does Paul have control of the early church?  Of Timothy?  Of Titus?  Does the Bible have control over anything?  Was it meant to control anything?  Who has control?  I daresay it is God.  The idea of control on any other level is an illusion.  This is not to say we don’t have a choice in things, we do indeed have a free will, but control?  If I choose to do something does that automatically mean it’s going to happen that way?  If I had control it would but since I don’t, it may or may not happen as I choose.  Control and power are God’s.  Free choice is mine.  Dare I claim something I have no place seeking?

I’m fired up. 

Let’s go preach the kingdom.

Authority of Scripture

April 5, 2008

Does the authority of scripture rest with the words on the page or the Spirit that inspired them?  I think maybe the answer is not “either/or” but “both/and.”  What do you think?