Daily Archives: September 7, 2015

TO THOSE STILL EMPLOYED, WE SALUTE YOU

“And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.” –Ecclesiastes 3:13 ‪#‎HappyLaborDay‬

Since Barack Obama began his reign of terror, the food stamp ranks have swollen to 47 million. There are 93 million people not in the work force, the highest rate in 38 years. He has bragged about 200,000 new part-time low wage jobs in the same month that 400,000 better-paying full-time jobs disappear. Since those who have not found work and have run out of unemployment are not counted in the ginned-up unemployment numbers, he brags about a 4.7% unemployment rate when the true figure is in excess of 19%.

My last full time job was in 2011 when I worked as a transporter for Medicaid recipients until, as they do with all their small vendors, the state of Illinois forces them into bankruptcy by not paying them. They don’t even pay lottery winners, even though the money is supposed to be there. It was exactly one year between the business closing and my social security benefits to begin. I was fortunate to be close enough to early retirement that we survived. Millions of others are not so fortunate. There is no reason to believe that the situation will improve anytime soon.

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HERE ARE A FEW WORK-RELATED VIDEOS FOR YOU TO ENJOY ON YOUR DAY OFF.

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I HAD TO THROW THIS ONE IN BECAUSE MY BAND PLAYED IT
I USED TO LOVE THE OLD DANCE SHOWS LIKE HULLABALOO, SHINDIG, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL,  AND OF COURSE, AMERICAN BANDSTAND.

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The Rock: Did Jesus mean Peter’s confession of faith or Peter himself?

Is Peter the Rock in Matthew 16:18? [6:37]

Many Evangelicals believe that petros meant “small stone” and that petra meant “large rock.”  They interpret Matthew 16:18 as an antithetic statement:

“I tell you Peter, you are a very small stone, but on the great rock [of your confessional statement with regard to my identity as the Messiah], I will build my Church.”

However, Matthew 16:18 can just as easily be interpreted as a synthetic statement:

“I tell you Peter, you may look like a small stone now, but on the great rock you truly are, I will build my Church.”

But, in fact, neither of these sentences make much sense since, in first century Greek, petros and petra were synonyms

Moreover, the synthetic (and Catholic) interpretation becomes the obviously correct choice once you realize that Jesus’ actual words were not in Greek, but in Aramaic, where the two words — kepha and kepha — were identical.  Pron. keh-fa.

“You are Kepha and on this kepha I will build my church.”

Kephas

The petros/petra difference arose when Jesus’ words were forced into Greek grammar, which dictated the masculine form, petros, in the first place, and the feminine form, petra, in the second.

“You are Petros and on this petra I will build my church.”

(In the NT, Peter is sometimes referred to as Cephas, which is a Greek variant of the Aramaic name — Kepha — that Jesus had given him.  It is sometimes pronounced see-fas, but should be pronounced keh-fas.)

By the time the Bible was translated into English, everyone knew the man as St. Peter, so the rendering in the English version is rather nonsensical.

“You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church.”

Rock? What rock? Who said anything about a rock?

The structure of Matthew 16:17-19 makes it even more clear that Jesus meant to build His church on the man, Peter,  and not just on his confessional statement that Jesus was the Messiah. Click on graphic to embiggen for easier reading.

Matt 16 17-19 Exegetical structure

The sources from which I excerpted the above are well worth reading in full:

 

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