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Jesus a Hawkeye?

Last week I became rather excited when I realized something. You may or may not be aware of the fact that I am a big Iowa Hawkeye fan. Hawkeye football and basketball are my true loves when it comes to following sports.

What exactly is a Hawkeye? In 1826 James Fenimore Cooper’s book The Last of the Mohicans was published. The book features a character by the name of Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo also known by the name: Hawkeye. According Wikipedia Hawkeye “was a personification of rugged individualism and pioneer spirit that remains central to the American identity to this day.” So a person could accurately describe a Hawkeye as a pioneer or trailblazer.

In the book of Hebrews the author writes; fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith...(Hebrews 12:2; NASB). F. F. Bruce in his commentary on Hebrews translates this verse as “pioneer and perfecter” of faith (The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Epistle to the Hebrews; pg. 337). In other words Jesus is a Hawkeye! He is the Hawkeye of faith.

Given this obvious connection I think it would be safe to assume that when it comes to college athletics Jesus is decked out in the black and gold of Iowa.

Now if you think I a playing fast and loose with Bible interpretation I would agree with you. When we go to the Bible to prove a certain point of view it is all to easy to do. If we are not committed to staying true to the Biblical text then we will interpret the Bible in any way that tickles our fancy.

What I want to do with this silly little post is to remind us the need to study the Scriptures on our own and not just rely on the teachings of other people. No matter how sincere a person is if they are working from a faulty foundation then they will arrive at faulty conclusions.

In Acts Luke praises the disciples in Berea for their willingness to search for truth.
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth (Acts 17:11; NLT).

Are you willing to be a student of Scripture? Or will you accept whatever teaching comes your way?


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