Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rhetorical Question Format

Was Jesus a hypocrite?

When did Jesus go to Judas Iscariot and tell him his fault between him and Judas alone, as he taught his disciples to respond to the trespass of a brother?

When did Jesus forgive Judas his trespass, as he taught his disciples to forgive the trespasses of others?

Is there any doubt Jesus washed the heel lifted up against him?

Is there any doubt about the effectiveness of a washing by Jesus?

Why has the obvious symbolic meaning been ignored, the symbolic meaning which shows that Jesus was not a hypocrite?

Is it because he washed everyone's feet as a ruse to maintain confidentiality in his response to the trespass against him?

Is it because afterward Judas served as guide to those who arrested Jesus and went and hanged himself – not obviously acts of service to Jesus?

Are we willing to say Jesus was not able to remove the influence of the devil that put into the heart of Judas to deliver him – either that that removal would have required even more prayer and fasting than Jesus himself had performed, or that that removal was just absolutely impossible for Jesus to achieve?

If Jesus removed the influence of the devil from the heart of Judas, what attitude then would Judas have toward the covenant he made to deliver Jesus?

Would Judas continue to look for an opportunity to deliver him, or would he look to Jesus for instruction on what he should do?

If he looked to Jesus for instruction, what instruction would Jesus give him?

Is it inconceivable that Jesus would instruct Judas to fulfill his obligation under the covenant he made, that the scripture might be fulfilled?

Consider this exchange:

Jesus: One of you shall deliver me.
Judas: Master, is it I?
Jesus: You have said.

Does not, “You have said,” mean, “Yes, you shall deliver me”?

Can it be ruled out that the words of Jesus were an instruction given to Judas?

After the exchange, could it be said that Judas followed Jesus, if he refused to deliver him, and thereby proved that Jesus was mistaken, when he said that he would deliver him?

In particular, if Judas adopted the words of Simon Peter, “Lord, this shall not be unto you,” as his next response in the exchange, then does Jesus not respond as he did to Simon Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan”?

Wasn't the making of the covenant a sin only because it was made in a spirit of ill will?

If God delivered Jesus, and if Jesus delivered himself, can the act of delivering him, in and of itself, be a sin?

Did not Jesus teach that the things that were about to happen at Jerusalem were things of God?

Once the covenant was made, could not the obligation of Judas under the covenant be met without additional sin if it was met pursuant to an instruction of Jesus?

If Jesus was not ready to denounce those things that he taught should happen at Jerusalem, why would he not want Judas to deliver him?

Would Jesus prefer to deliver himself directly and thus do away with the need for an apostle to deliver him?

Would that approach be consistent with scripture?

If Jesus removed the influence of the devil from Judas, and then he himself instructed Judas to deliver him, then would not the influence of Satan be to oppose the deliverance of Jesus, when Satan entered Judas for the second time, as he did at John 13:27?

Is it inconceivable that the success of Jesus led to Satan being divided against Satan?

Which of the following things are of God, according to Matthew 16:21-23?

Jesus should be delivered to the chief priests.
Jesus should suffer many things of the elders, and chief priests, and scribes.
Jesus should be killed.
Jesus should be raised again.

Is it inconceivable that the kingdom of Satan, even though it was divided against itself by the work of Jesus, continues to stand today because men have savored, and continue to savor, not the things that be of God, but those that be of men?

Has not the condemnation of Judas, for his act of delivering Jesus, been chief among the things of men which the world has savored?

Because the world has not believed on him who said, “I am come to save that which was lost,” shall it not be reproved of sin?

Because the world does not see Jesus, shall it not be reproved of righteousness?

Because the world has judged the prince of this world, shall it not be reproved of judgment?

I offer these questions only in my own name.

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