Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.

People are scared or even offended by Jesus’s power. He keeps who He is a secret, while doing things that, in retrospect, will make it obvious. This is all part of preparing his disciples for what’s coming. Some of the events are actually clever exercises for them.

For now, supper will do.

Jesus gives them an advanced lesson.

Jesus can't let anything get in the way of getting crucified.

Faith is the key.

He casts out a demon and all the people of the surrounding country ask Him to leave.

No one is ready for the concept of incarnation. Jesus shows who he is, and the demons know who he is, but for now, he’s just setting things up for a later realization. It’s all just too fantastic.

Jesus needs to keep that a secret for now.

Why are they so impressed this time?

This passage is easy as long as you duck the predestination issues.

Status doesn't impress Jesus.

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