Friday, May 10, 2019

Matthew 19-20~ Day 10~ Slowing down to make sense out of scripture.

"Truly I tell you, in the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel." (19:28)

Just reading along quickly like I have done in the past, I have assumed Jesus is talking about the far future, end times and eternity beyond.  But, when I slowed down today, that verse left me with some questions....why those 12?  Why not John the Baptist, or other prominent O.T characters?  Why wouldn't they get a throne.  That doesn't seem fair.  And why would the 12 tribes of Israel get judged?  What about everyone else?  Yeah, I tend to ask a lot of questions....

Maybe Jesus isn't talking about what I assumed to be a renewal of the heavens and earth and the end of time.....well, I had to do some digging to get some answers!

On the surface, like I said, one can conclude (though not necessarily a correct conclusion) that this is in reference to our eternal life with Jesus.  Those 12 men will be judges on thrones for eternity.  However, there is another way to interpret this scripture.  Jesus, saying, when "the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne"  occurred after his resurrection (Acts 2:33) right?! Yes!!  That's not some future event! So, what does that mean for the 12 thrones?  Those 12 would "judge" or be witness to all Jewish people.  One commentary explained the thrones as  "a reference to the authority of these men, as bequeathed by Christ, and implemented by their subsequent teaching." (We will read about 12 disciples doing exactly that when we read Acts).
That same commentary explained that the "renewal of all things" does not mean a renewal of the "cosmos" or a new heaven or earth, but rather "restoration" of order that Peter talks about in Acts 3:21, "a fulfilment of God's purpose in attempting to reclaim fallen humanity, as now being implemented in the gospel age, the consummation of which will occur when Christ comes again."
https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1060-regeneration-a-study-of-matthew-19-28-the

Ahh, that further digging helped me make much more sense of Matthew 19!  It's really quite cohesive! Jesus is talking about how hard it is for the rich to enter heaven (19:24) and that sacrificing all to follow Jesus is paramount.  He doesn't jump from the present to explain eschatological events and rewards, rather he continues the thought explaining that he would be giving authority to these disciples to show others how to do the same as they did. As a result, those who follow Christ "will inherit eternal life." (19:29)

This section of scripture is cohesive and encouraging to all! I love it!!!

2 comments:

Rapster J said...

Hmmmm. I will need to think about that.

Walking with The Way said...

I would love to hear your thoughts!!