Excerpts from the Sandals Atlas Articles Database
…just enough to give you a flavor of the wonderfully informative style of Dr. Hulbert’s teaching.
|Jesus’ Birthby Dr. Terry C. HulbertJesus was not born in a manger or in a stable, as we know it, but very probably in the home of a member of Joseph’s extended family that lived in Bethlehem. Common misconceptions of the circumstances of His birth have resulted from a mistranslation of kataluma that means “guest room,” (Mark 14:14) not “inn,” and from a Western rather than a Middle Eastern understanding of the cultural factors involved.|
|The Star of the Magiby Dr. Terry C. HulbertWhat was the star that guided the ” wise men” from the east? Theories and conjectures abound to explain the “star” that drew them to Bethlehem. How do we account for the fact that influential and highly placed “king-makers” would notice an astral phenomenon that would motivate them to trek 700 miles to pay homage to a Jewish baby in a small town in Israel? Would an ordinary star or even an unusual conjunction of planets have sent these scholars, who knew the courses of stars and planets, on that long journey to Jerusalem to find a king? In any case, why would they want to see a Jewish king baby?|
|Was John the Baptist Elijah?by Dr. Terry C. HulbertThe Pharisees and priests asked John the Baptist a logical question, “Are you Elijah?” He dressed like that prophet and he preached judgment near the very place where God had swept him up to heaven. Although John denied that he was the one Malachi had promised (4:5,6), many still wondered. For instance, on the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter, James and John had seen Elijah. As they returned from that scene, they wrestled with the fact that it was John who had introduced Jesus, and that Elijah had not yet appeared. “Why do the scribes say Elijah must come first” they wondered.|
|The Meaning of Kingdom in the Gospelsby Dr. Terry C. HulbertAlthough Messianic expectations varied among the people of Jesus’ day, their basic hope was for a leader who would deliver them from Roman rule and establish an independent state. This concept is often expressed in the conclusion, “The Jews wanted a political kingdom.” Assuming that Jesus would not be willing to satisfy the unworthy desire of unrepentant Jews for a “political kingdom,” many believe that He did not intend to establish a physical kingdom on earth but rather a non-literal “spiritual kingdom.” The OT prophecies, however, described a kingdom on earth.|
|Water into Wine at Cana in Galileeby Dr. Terry C. HulbertJesus’ selection of Cana for this first revelation of His deity through a miracle was significant. Did He lead His new followers to Cana, only to attend a wedding? Or was He also planning to respond to Nathanael’s spontaneous expression of his faith, “You are the Son of God; You are the king of Israel”? (John 1:49). As Jesus and His new followers trouped across the lush Bet Netofa Valley, we can only imagine Nathanael’s excitement as they neared his hometown.|
|A Samaritan Woman At Jacob’s Wellby Dr. Terry C. HulbertWhy did Jesus enter Samaria traveling a “road less traveled” by Jews? To offer “the water of life” to a lonely woman at a well? Yes, but He was also teaching His disciples an introductory course in cross-cultural evangelism. They watched Him conversing with Samaritans as comfortably as He talked with Jews living and eating with them. He was demonstrating to them that His salvation would be for Samaritans and Gentiles as well as Jews. In His last words to His disciples on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent them back to Samaria on their way to the “the remotest part of the earth.” The people of Sychar understood His point, ” . . .this One is indeed the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).|
|The Sermon on the Mountby Dr. Terry C. HulbertJesus had recently returned from Jerusalem where the Pharisees had launched the Sabbath controversy, seeking to discredit Him by condemning His actions on the basis of their Oral Law (“Tradition”). Following His healing of a lame man at the Pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath, the confrontation escalated from Sabbath-breaking to the issue of Jesus’ deity (John 5). Pharisee opposition was growing, focused on His claim to have been sent from God (Matt 12:1-14; Mark 2:23-28 and 3:1-6). News of His preaching about the kingdom and reports of His miracles had drawn seekers from almost every part of the land.|
|Jesus Feeds the Five Thousandby Dr. Terry C. HulbertThe Beelzebub confrontation at Capernaum led to a change in the focus of Jesus’ ministry. Following this event, He began a transition from preaching to large crowds and performing miracles as evidence of His deity, to preparing His disciples for their future roles as leaders in the Church. Although He continued to teach and to perform some miracles, He usually related these directly, or indirectly, to His training of the Twelve. Their distributing the bread and fish to this vast crowd, for instance, previewed the disciples’ future role; delivering the “Bread of Life.”|
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|The Transfigurationby Dr. Terry C. HulbertThe Transfiguration formed a transition between Jesus’ ministry during His last year in Galilee and coming events in Jerusalem. It followed immediately after His historic meeting with His disciples at Caesarea Philippi where He had revealed to them His purpose to build His Church. This prediction had been followed by His shocking announcement that He would then proceed to Jerusalem to be crucified. Led by Peter, His disciples had reacted with consternation and unbelief. To them, the prediction of Jesus’ dying was totally incompatible with His preaching that “the kingdom is at hand.” Had He not sent them out two-by-two to call people to repentance in preparation for the establishment of that kingdom? How were they to relate their kingdom preaching to this new ekklesia (“Church”) and to His announced crucifixion?|
|Jerusalem: September- April A.D. 29-30by Dr. Terry C. HulbertFrom the Feast of Booths that marked the end of the religious year to Passover that began the next, several eternally important events would occur. To understand the forces and issues behind these events, it is necessary to take note of the political powers of the day, the various peoples involved and the impact of Lazarus’ resurrection.|
|Judas’ Motives and Rolesby Dr. Terry C. HulbertOne of the best known tragic figures in human history, Judas Iscariot remains for many an enigma. He is called “the betrayer,” but what does this mean? What was his role in the Passover events of A.D. 30? Was he responsible for Jesus’ death, as is commonly believed? What motivated him to do this deed that soon after would drive him to commit suicide?|
|Why Did Peter Deny that He Knew Jesus?by Dr. Terry C. HulbertOne of the most unexpected events that occurred during the night of Jesus? trials was Peter’s denial that he knew Him. A few hours earlier, he had promised, ?I will lay down my life for you? (John 13:38). Then he protested, ?Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away? (Matt 26:33). How then do we account for his oath, ?I do not know the man,? when challenged by a servant girl (Matt 26:71,72)? Was this blurted denial just a spur of the moment reaction born of fear? Or were more significant dynamics driving this defection of Jesus? brightest and most loyal disciple?|