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Paul: You wrote (in part): It’s like the passage in Mark in which Jesus says no one is good except the father.

You may remember that Mark 10 and Matthew 19 recount the same trip to Judea.

The Pharisees asked Jesus about divorce. (They used Moses as their authority for the law.) In turn, Jesus used the creation epic as a spiritual authority for the law.

Later, after blessing the children, the man humbly (kneeling and ”Good Master”) asked about eternal life. Jesus curtly responded about goodness. However, we know that he knew the nature of goodness (Genesis 1) from the divorce episode.

Thus, Jesus appeared to try to provoke debate. Of course, there were no takers then and, in my reading, no takers today.

What do Y’All think? jim


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