Filthy, Roman Sponge

(HT: Resurgence)

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  • Kinsley says:

    I’d never heard this before. Certainly changes the context a bit for me.

  • Michael K. says:

    Me neither. What an amazing verbal picture.

  • Wynola says:

    Thank you Father!

  • Juanita says:

    Wow! Never heard this presentation before. Thank you Lord Jesus!

  • Taylor says:

    This is a joke, right? I understand how powerful this might be as an illustration, but the stretch is WAY too much for me.

    It doesn’t say anywhere in scripture that this is the kind of sponge it was. It doesn’t say they were trying to shut him up.

    It ain’t there…maybe it’s true…maybe it’s not…but a sponge on a stick isn’t enough evidence to prove it.

    The crucifixion was horrible, very horrible. The story doesn’t need this guys two cent, made up illustration to make it better/worse.


  • Michael K. says:

    Wow. Tell us how you really feel!

    I think you make a valid point about the horrible nature of the crucifixion, but couldn’t you say the same thing about the Passover? The New Testament doesn’t delve too deeply into the Jewish cultural implications of every part of the Last Supper, so does that mean we shouldn’t either?

    I think what Driscoll is doing here isn’t really trying to make the crucifixion worse; I think he’s trying to expand our knowledge by adding some cultural understanding.

    I actually really like stuff like this because it spurs on my imagination and helps me not to just read the text, but really live inside of it.

  • taylor says:

    Sorry, nope, not for me.

    With the Passover we have every right, simply because the NT does say that it was the Passover…Jesus does countless things that mirror the historical traditions of the meal….and the entire Jewish history up to that point/Old Testament aim right at Jesus doing all that…Basically, it’s there. in the text. The cultural implications are rock solid. Even prophesies from centuries before say that Passover stuff was going to happen.

    With this sponge thing, here’s how it happened. This guy was reading about Roman culture. He got to a part where it said something gross about a sponge on a stick, and said something like “That sounds familiar.” And SHAZAM, illustration. That’s how HE SAID it happened, so nope. It’s not there.

    I’m all for expanding knowledge and understanding, but not not when it’s on a whim based on a couple of things sounding familiar.


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