Hmmm: A hermaneutics pet peeve

jerusalemstreet.jpgThe man Jesus was not homeless, ever.  He was born in a stable that was not his home, yes, because his parents were traveling to participate in the census.  He had a home.  He had a home, also, during his years of growing up, he traveled from it to Jerusalem to stay behind in the temple when the rest of the group from his hometown left.  He had a home.  He had a home also when he and his disciples traveled from town to town during the ministry years, in fact, he returned to his home synagogue to teach pretty early on.  He always had a home on earth.  He would always return to his home with God, the one he left to become incarnate, where he intercedes for us until his return.

Why do people insist that Jesus was homeless?

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2 Responses to “Hmmm: A hermaneutics pet peeve”

  1. Dennis
    April 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    It probably comes from the comment He made about not having a place to lay His head.

  2. Patti Gibbons
    April 7, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    That may be so, thank you.

    Looking at that saying in context wouldn’t change my assertion though. That passage has much to do with what Jesus asks of his followers and the cost of discipleship. I wonder, since we know that Jesus had both an earthly home he was away from to travel and do the ministry God gave him, and that he also had a heavenly home, if he wasn’t speaking of the cost of being away, rather than homelessness as we understand it. Much in the same way as Abraham’s willingness to go when God said go was counted to him as righteousness.

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