.

   A Discussion Question:

.

What things do you know that Jesus didn’t?

.

(Isn’t Jesus supposed to be omniscient?)

.

For more use the DOOR.

.

   [MORE]

.

   Consider Mt. 24:3 & 36. (NIV)¹

.

   As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this [the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple] happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?

. . . . .

   [Jesus is speaking]  “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

   .

   According to Jesus (on Earth), He did not know when he would return to Earth a second time.

.

   Now, what are some things that you know now that Jesus didn’t know then?

.

   Here’s one answer from me:

.

Jesus didn’t personally return to Earth in 2018.

 

   Questions to discuss:

   Given:  Apparently, Jesus (the Son of God the Father) set aside some of His attributes when He came to Earth as a human.

   (1)  What other things does the Bible suggest that Jesus didn’t know? Could there be a difference between Jesus absolutely knowing certain “general things”² that God the Father wanted Him to declare to people on Earth, although an absolute knowing of “specific details” of what He would do minute by minute or day by day was not a privileged part of His human make-up? For example: Was Jesus aware at the wedding feast where He did His first (recorded) miracle of changing water into wine, that obediently obeying his mother’s determined request would kick off his ministry?

   (2)   Could the seemingly random presenting of Jesus’ “necessary teachings,” instead of laying a sequential a step-by-step theology, have occurred partly because He was not fully aware of the days’ schedule of events that lay before Him? Was His appearing in the Temple and talking to the teachers there basically His teaching them, or actually learning–at least to some degree–from them?

   (3)  Could this absence of knowing the sequence of certain events, and about other things, help explain the number of times He spent long periods in prayer with His Heavenly Father–where (at second glance) “God seems to be talking to God”?

_________________________________

   ¹ Boldface and parenthetic comments added.

   ² “General” and “specific” details are artificial categories that blur into each other. The range of a broad knowledge down to a limited knowledge is impossible to pin down exactly. Let us conclude by saying that God (Father & Son) knew exactly was necessary and intended for humans on Earth. And that that plan was perfectly carried out.