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Luke 22

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Here is a possible chiasm in Luke 22:31-62:

A (vv. 31-34): Peter’s denial foretold

B (vv. 35-36): Swords

C (vv. 37-38): Scripture fulfilled

D (v. 39) Jesus goes out (exerchomai) to the Mount of Olives; the disciples follow

E (v. 40): Pray that you may not enter into temptation

F (v. 41): Jesus withdraws, Jesus kneels

G (v. 42): Wrestling in prayer: remove the cup

H (v. 43): An angel strengthens Jesus

G’ (v. 44): Wrestling in prayer: sweating blood

F’ (v. 45): Jesus rises, disciples sleep

E’ (v. 46): Pray that you may not enter into temptation

D’ (v. 47): Judas leads (proerchomai) a crowd

C’ (v. 48): Prophecy of vv. 21-22 fulfilled

B’ (vv. 49-53): Swords

A’ (vv. 54-62): Peter’s denial

There are a couple things that don’t satisfy me about this. First, it does not connect the cup of vv. 17-20 with the cup of v. 42 (see here for a different outline that attempts to relate these). Of lesser importance, I would like to be able to connect the angel’s strengthening Jesus with his healing Malchus’s ear.

However, I am pleased with a few things that are brought out by this outline. First, I like the contrast this draws between Jesus and Judas and their followers. Second, cup and blood are related by this, thus echoing v. 20 even if it is not brought into the chiasm. Finally, the hinge of this chiasm is the angel’s strengthening Jesus. I think this is significant for a few reasons, about which I will write more later.

Written by Scott Moonen

February 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

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Laugh

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Here’s a Genevan Psalm (Psalm 2) to belt out on your trip to the polling place. Rejoice always!

Lyrics:

Why do the heathen nations vainly rage?
What prideful schemes are they in vain devising?
The kings of earth and rulers all engage
In evil plots, and in their sin contriving,
They take their stand against our God’s Messiah;
They claim they will not keep His binding chains.
The one enthroned in highest heaven, higher,
Mocks them to scorn, on them derision rains.

He speaks to them in righteous, holy wrath;
God vexes them and shows His great displeasure.
“Yet have I set My King upon the path
That upward winds to Zion, My own treasure.”
“‘You are My Son, today You are begotten,’
—I will declare what God has said to Me—
‘And not one tribe will ever be forgotten.
You will receive the world, just ask of Me.'”

“‘The nations come; You are the only Heir,
The ends of earth will be Your own possession
And broken with a rod of iron there,
Rebellious pottery comes to destruction.'”
Now serve the LORD, with fear and gladness trembling,
And therefore, O ye kings, seek wisdom here.
How blessed are those who trust without dissembling,
Who kiss the Son and bow in reverent fear.

Written by Scott Moonen

November 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

Love one another

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Here’s a possible chiasm in 1 John 4:7-21:

A (v. 7): Born of God, know God ⇒ love one another

B (v. 8): Not love ⇒ not know God

C (vv. 9-11):

Love is manifest among us
Son sent into the world
God sent Son as propitiation
God loved us ⇒ we love one another

D (v. 12): Love one another ⇒ God abides in us

E (v. 13): The Spirit seals or proves our abiding

F (v. 14): Father sent Son to be Savior of the world

E’ (v. 15): Our confession proves our abiding

D’ (v. 16): Abide in love ⇒ God abides in us

C’ (vv. 17-19):

Love is perfected with us
We are in the world
No fear or punishment; perfected in love
God loved us ⇒ we love

B’ (v. 20): Not love brother ⇒ not love God

A’ (v. 21): Love God ⇒ love brother

There are some pairings of knowledge (A, B) and love (A’, B’), Spirit (E) and confession (E’). I like that verse 14 is at the focal point.

Peter Leithart suggests some possible alternatives, and also suggests a chiasm for the first six verses.

Written by Scott Moonen

September 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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