Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
This material takes an etymological look at the word "guile" with interesting results. After reading this, you will know what it means to be both godly and guileless.
For material based on this same text, see "Are We Called to Be ... Mirror Twins of Jesus?" January 18, 2009, at Homiletics-Online.com.
"Sincerity is the key. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
Comedian George Burns said that. Here's something another comedian, W.C. Fields said when caught reading the Bible: "I was looking for loopholes."
Evangelist Billy Graham has something to say about loopholes: "You're born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there's a loophole."
Loopholes and sincerity. We bring them up because the character who we're introduced to in this text is a person who's apparently quite sincere and isn't looking for loopholes. He doesn't need to look. He's just that nice of a guy.
It's quite a compliment Jesus pays Nathanael at their first meeting. When Jesus saw Nathanael walking ...