Our discussion of judgement and mercy brings us to a discussion of the first and second coming of Jesus. How did the rabbis understand the prospect of two Messiahs: a redeemer; a fierce judge? How do we understand … what turns out to be a significant theological distinction? Today, on Faithbuilders.
Just a reminder: today’s and last week’s videos were excerpted from a single session file. The full hour+ session is thus the same as last week’s.
In today’s session, we focus on why a carpenter (Jesus) would call fishermen to join the enterprise of faith as “fishers of men.” The implications reach beyond the beginnings of His earthly ministry, and into the amazing distinction between His call to righteousness and His judgement of unrighteousness.
(The audio file, linked below, has a runtime of more than an hour: the full session. Video of this week’s lesson will be posted later in the week.)
“God has been so good to us, we must avoid being a stumbling block to others.” In today’s conversation, Dr. Nunnally reminds us that we are supposed to judge, with righteousness: doctrine and morality. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. And who is our neighbor? “Anyone created in God’s image, who is in need.”
Inevitably, the issue of judgement arises in questions of spiritual practice. In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally explores judgement, in conjunction with the 2-3 rule, discussed previously. As before, “judgement” in the spiritual gifts is always redemptive. “Throw away the bad, keep the good.”
In this session we are reminded of Paul’s direction to avoid paying evil for evil. Our spiritual understanding must be predicated on prayer, with specific attention focused on the discernment of spiritual gifts. In our judgement, we are to proceed with love and patience.