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Biblical Difficulty: Who Was The Spirit Speaking To?
When I read about the baptism of Jesus by John I noticed a difference between the two accounts...
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: "You (su) are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
The meaning of the word su is...
Here we clearly see that the voice from heaven was speaking directly to Jesus.
However, when we read the account in the Gospel of Matthew...
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"
15Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented.
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, "This (houtos) is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
The meaning of houtos is...
1) this, these, etc.
The word has changed. This clearly shows that the voice is not directly speaking to Jesus because the voice is speaking about its "Son" in the third person. However, in the Gospel of Mark we see that the voice is speaking about its "Son" in the first person. Therefore, to whom was the voice speaking to and whom was the voice speaking about?
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