You can’t just sit and waddle in your own cultural pool – if you want to understand Jesus, because hey – Jesus was a Torah-fulfilling Jew, not you! Read the Bible from the perspective of the writers, from the context of that day – not now! Read to understand it – as it was written.
Jesus was… a Jew in Roman days, a Torah-fulfilling Jew (see 4th paragraph here at str.org) He was not an American, or an Aussie or a Brit, not an aborigine, African, Russian nor Japanese, Chinese, Philipino, Navajo, Ubangi nor a valley boy. Jesus words came from a Jewish context, from back in that day.
So we have to get over it – and really see Jesus as He was, and not read-into His words with our words. You know what I mean?
Context is everything. For instance, “Love you”, has many meanings:
- love this burger!
- love going camping!
- love it or leave it
- I love you. Will you marry me?
- make love to me
And so it is that words really do have context. The context changes everything.
Was Jesus Worshipped? …from str.org