Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mary, Martha & Lazarus – the family in Bethany

Background to the gospel narrative

Before we look at Lazarus and his family, let us first establish the broader context: which can be summed up in the parable of the Vineyard (Mark 12). The “vineyard of Yahweh of Armies is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant”, planted in the land and protected from the animal like nations surrounding it (Isa 5). The nation was not ready for the Father to dwell in their midst, his vineyard was “let out to husbandmen”, who initially, were the priesthood who were to minister unto the vine and nurture it to maturity. Continue reading

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