Bible Study, VideosSeptember 24, 2009 Filthy, Roman Sponge (HT: Resurgence) Related Subscribe to MichaelKelley.coNever miss a new post. Subscribe to receive these posts in your inbox and to receive information about new discipleship resources. SUBSCRIBE! You have successfully subscribed. Click here to download your bonus. Share on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google + LinkedIn Email Previous articleHow Bad Do You Want to Win? Next articleToday is Yom Kippur You may also like 3 Ways the Gospel Shapes Self-Esteem We Need A Trustworthy Saying that Deserves Full Acceptance 3 Proper Ways to React to the Mysteries of God 8 Comments Kinsley says: September 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm I’d never heard this before. Certainly changes the context a bit for me. Michael K. says: September 24, 2009 at 3:51 pm Me neither. What an amazing verbal picture. Becky says: September 24, 2009 at 11:58 pm Wow. Wynola says: September 25, 2009 at 1:24 am Thank you Father! Juanita says: September 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm Wow! Never heard this presentation before. Thank you Lord Jesus! Taylor says: September 28, 2009 at 9:31 pm 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. Sorry. Michael K. says: September 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm 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: September 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm 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. Sorry. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.