Joyful Chagrin

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This poem springboards from reading an argument that Jesus’ divinity is present in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), not just in John. In the actual argument, Brant Pitre shows that Jesus did things that his first century Jewish observers would have interpreted as implying his divinity (see the comparison below, taken from p124 of Pitre’s The Case for Jesus). So the Synoptics implied what John stated.

Face of the Deep
In using the phrase “face of the deep,” I am playing with the King James Version rendering of Genesis 1, verse 2:

And the earth was without form, and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:2 (KJV)

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#genesis1v2 #psalm98v8 #mark 4 #mark6 #revelation21v1

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  1. I enjoyed these poems, Brad (“Matter’s Obedience” and “Joyful Chagrin”). Thank you for sharing your work. These are quite imaginative. They took me to MacDonald’s “Golden Key”.

    1. Scott, It’s so good to hear from you! I had not read MacDonald’s The Golden Key, but from this synopsis, I’m taken back into MacDonald’s imaginative world of goodness and overarching love.

      I have only read one of your poems, and recall that it was superb. Have you had more time to explore the world that way?

      Don’t be a stranger….

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