Mark D. Roberts
October 2010 Archives

What To Do When Things Keep On Getting Worse Psalm 12:1-8 Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing!      The faithful have vanished from the earth! Psalm 12:1 Psalm 12 begins with a dire description of a culture […]

In my last post I showed how the picture of Jesus in the prologue of John’s Gospel was drawn on the basis of the Jewish figure of divine, yet with a striking innovation. Whereas the Jewish sages envisioned Wisdom as […]

Let me review briefly what we have seen so far about Wisdom and Jesus before I dive into today’s new material. I began this series with a simple question: Why did Jesus’ followers start thinking that he was, not just […]

In my last post I began to examine echoes of Wisdom in the ministry of Jesus. By Wisdom, I mean not the human trait of wise judgment, but the divine characteristic pictured in the Old Testament and other Jewish sources […]

One of the most influential theological movements in ancient Judaism was what scholars call The Wisdom Tradition. Beginning many centuries before Christ, faithful Jews began to pass along popular wisdom, such as we find in the biblical book of Proverbs. […]

In last Friday’s post I began to answer the question of why the earliest Christians came to regard Jesus as divine. I showed how belief that divine salvation came through Jesus led to confessing Jesus as the Savior. Then, given […]

Psalm 10:1-18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,      so mere people can no longer terrify them. Psalm 10:18 Psalm 10 begins by wondering why the Lord lets the wicked do their evil deeds and even […]

Autumn is just now coming to the Texas Hill Country. I thought I’d share with you a couple of photos of Laity Lodge, the retreat center where I work. Laity Lodge is situated on the bank of the Frio River […]

So far in this series we’ve looked at historical evidence that shows that some of the earliest Christian spoke of Jesus as Lord, applying to him the very name of Israel’s God. To their Lord they prayed and offered worship. […]

One of the classic Jewish affirmations appears in the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with […]