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Undesigned coincidences in the NT

Discussion in 'Bible Study Forum' started by Marymog, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Marymog

    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    I learned something new today. This may be old news to some but it excited me.

    Luke’s account of the feeding of the five thousand provides a detail that explains why Jesus asks Philip where they can buy some bread in John’s account of the same event (John 6:5; Luke 9:10-12).

    Why does Jesus asks Philip?

    There is a clue at the beginning of Luke’s account of the same miracle, in chapter 9. Luke tells us that Jesus took the apostles and “withdrew apart to a city called Bethsaida” (v.10). This is important because “Philip was from Bethsaida" and being from Bethsaida, Philip would’ve had current local knowledge of where to buy bread. This give us a plausible explanation for why Jesus asks Philip.

    I know, I know, Andrew and Peter were from Bethsaida as well. They would have had the same local knowledge, right?” So why didn’t Jesus ask Peter or Andrew?

    He probably would have asked them if they were all residents there at the time of the miracle. However, their is evidence that they weren’t: they were residents of Capernaum. In Mark 1:21, we read about how Jesus, along with Simon, Andrew, James, and John, “went into Capernaum; and immediately on the sabbath . . . entered a synagogue and taught.” Then in verse 29, Mark tells us, “And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.” Peter and Andrew although originally from Bethsaida were living in Capernaum during the time of Jesus’s ministry. As such, they wouldn’t have known the best place in Bethsaida to buy bread. But Phillip did.

    Does anyone have any undesigned coincidences they would like to share?

    Bible Study Mary
     
  2. Hidden In Him

    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member

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    I heard a teaching on several of these one time, and it was very interesting. It was on a Baptist radio channel program, but I don't remember the hosts.

    Anyway, I aways find details like that interesting.
     
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    “The LORD spoke with Moses face to face" Jesus says "no man has seen the Father" Solution? Moses spoke to the eternal Son.
     
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    Hidden In Him Well-Known Member

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    That one presents a problem only for modalists. For Trinitarians, the Father and the Son are both God yet separate individuals, and Moses saw the Son, not the Father.
     
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    Enoch111 Well-Known Member

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    When God is intervening there are no undesigned coincidences. Take the example of the baby Moses found floating on the river Nile. His sister and mother just *happened* to be there or was the hand of God in this matter?
     
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    Marymog Well-Known Member

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    An Undesigned Coincidence is what seems like an insignificant detail within a narrative which matches some other, independent, detail in such a way that the two point to a consistent fact which does not form part of the main narrative.

    NOT that someone happened to be in the right place at the right time to see a baby floating down a river. But I get the gist of your point.

    Thank you for you engagement in this matter.

    Bible study Mary
     
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