So as Not to Offend

In Matthew 17 Jesus informed his disciples that because they are sons of God they are, therefore, exempt from the temple tax. Nevertheless, they should pay it in so as not to give offense to them (v 27). Jesus’s followers will live among the Jews in Jerusalem for another 40 years. The temple will remain,…

Have You Eaten the Flesh of the Son of Man?

Have you eaten the flesh of the Son of Man? Now that is a provocative question, suggesting gory cannibalism. But this comes from Jesus, who regularly made provocative claims about himself. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his…