People use the Bible in unusual ways. This is especially the case when attempting to justify some personal habit, practice or decision.
Recently, I read a review of a new book, a biography written about an important American minister. The author of the review pointed out that the minister had recently purchased a new home costing several million dollars.
When queried about his obvious wealth and material success, the minister said that since Jesus was very wealthy, he had no problem with wealth himself.
I have to tell you, that was a new one on me.
The minister went on to say that the robe Jesus wore on the way to his execution was the clothing of a rich man, so valuable that those who guarded him entered into a game of chance to see who would take the robe now that Jesus no longer needed it.
The implication here is that Jesus owned the costly robe.
Matthew 27:28 reports that Jesus' captors stripped him and put the robe on him, along with a twisted crown made of thorns, before mocking him as a king. The reading in John 19:1-3 concurs.
Then, there are those pesky words of Jesus himself when he told his followers that, unlike the birds of the air and the foxes of the field, he had nowhere to lay his head, no place to call his own home.
I better not get started on what he said about poverty, the poor and economics!
Let's just leave it here: Jesus was a pauper.
Let's be clear about that.
I don't know about you, but I have less trouble with the big house than I do with twisting the image of Jesus like this.
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