Fixing your friends? – or washing their feet?
Job 7-9/John 13-14
7:17-18 What are mere mortals, that you should make so much of us? For you examine us every morning and test us every moment.
9:32-35 God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial. If only there were a mediator who could bring us together, but there is none. The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment. Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength.
13:31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for me, the Son of Man, to enter into my glory, and God will receive glory because of all that happens to me.“
13:38-14:4 Jesus answered, “Die for me? No, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me. Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know where I am going and how to get there.“
OT Flash Points
The problem of Job’s friends: Their doctrine is based in God’s response to man’s sin or integrity
Opening your mouth, telling of your distress can invite well-intentioned but uninformed advice
NT Flash Points
Jesus washes feet. His action disarms all human attempts to talk or be like Jesus
“You’ll deny Me, but don’t let your heart be disabled”
A disciple doesn’t just do good things
He is good in motive, made good by the supernatural grace of God
Exceeding right-doing by right-being