But that doesn’t mean there still isn’t the occasional moment reminiscent of a Bible story…Here’s John 21:15, the New International Version, describing a scene between Jesus and his disciples:
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,”Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
The connection between Obama’s words and Jesus’ in John’s gospel struck me, too, but I had a different verse in mind:
“It is he who has my commands and lays them to heart that loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.”” John 14:21, TCNT.
And of course we all know the following:
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22, KJV.
But let’s don’t forget this:
“Who so opposes himself to every one that is spoken of as a God or as an object of worship, and so exalts himself above them, that he seats himself in the Temple of God, and displays himself as God!” 2 Thessalonians 2:4, TCNT.