Question about Matthew 8:12?

"But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

How can a bodyless soul "weep" without any eyes or tears and "gnash" it's teeth when it has no teeth?

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  • 9 years ago
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    This was a parable not meant to be taken so literally.

    The 'children of the Kingdom' refers to the nation of natural Jews as a whole, who were in the best position to inherit the Kingdom because of their covenant relationship with God and being entrusted with his sacred, spiritually enlightening written word. (Exodus 19:6; Romans 3:1,2; Romans 9:4)

    Their being cast out into the outer darkness refers to the nation of natural Jews as a whole being rejected by God from their position of favor with him -- with the prospect of them filling all the positions of kingdom heirs in heaven -- because of their lack of faith in his Son. (Matthew 21:43; Matthew 23:37,38) God's rejection of the nation for their unfaithfulness would have become evident by the bold preaching and miracles being performed by the Christian minority in the name of Jesus. This caused the Jewish religious leaders to 'gnash their teeth' with jealousy. There was also literal weeping and gnashing of teeth when an "evil detruction" was brought upon the nation at the hands of Rome in 70 C.E.(Matthew 21:40,41)

  • 9 years ago

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    The children of the kingdom - That is, the children, or the people, who “expected the kingdom,” or to whom it properly belonged; or, in other words, the Jews. they supposed themselves to be the special favorites of heaven. They thought that the Messiah would enlarge their nation and spread the triumphs of their kingdom. They called themselves, therefore, the children or the members of the kingdom of God, to the exclusion of the Gentiles. Our Saviour used the manner of speech to which they were accustomed, and said that “many of the pagans would be saved, and many Jews lost.

    Shall be cast out into outer darkness ... - This is an image of future punishment. It is not improbable that the image was taken from Roman dungeons or prisons. They were commonly constructed under ground. They were shut out from the light of the sun. They were, of course, damp, dark, and unhealthy, and probably most filthy. Masters were in the habit of constructing such prisons for their slaves, where the unhappy prisoner, without light, or company, or comfort, spent his days and nights in weeping from grief, and in vainly gnashing his teeth from indignation. The image expresses the fact that the wicked who are lost will be shut out from the light of heaven, and from peace, and joy, and hope; will weep in hopeless grief, and will gnash their teeth in indignation against God, and complain against his justice. What a striking image of future woe! Go to a damp, dark, solitary, and squalid dungeon; see a miserable and enraged victim; add to his sufferings the idea of eternity, and then remember that this, after all, is but an image, a faint image, of hell! Compare the notes at Mat_22:13.

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  • Slick
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    The soul is actually the mortal body and the spirit. An individual being cast into outer darkness is going to have a body so they can feel those feelings and gnash their teeth. That is, if they actually received (were born into) a physical body. Also, your spirit which is the body that holds your intelligence actually looks very much like your body. The idea that we were created in God's image means that we have his physical appearance. First the spirit which was created first and then the physical body which came next.

  • garnan
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Jesus was describing how non-Jews of faith will be favored with blessings that are rejected by faithless Jews.

    “The sons of the kingdom . . . thrown into the darkness outside” are natural Jews who do not accept the opportunity offered first to them of being rulers with Christ. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob represent God’s Kingdom arrangement. Thus Jesus is relating how Gentiles will be welcomed to recline at the heavenly table, as it were, “in the kingdom of the heavens.”

    Source(s): Luke 7:1-10; Matthew 8:5-13; Acts 10:28.
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  • 9 years ago

    How saddened you must be for the poor education you have received. You do not understand the simple concept of language, or that language changes with time. The author is trying to explain in the language of that day that this event will cause great sadness for some.

    As an example, your immaturity no doubt causes your parents to bury their heads in shame. That is not to suggest that your parents will actually dig holes and place their heads in them, only that they feel great shame for your behavior.

  • Sue
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    You're Assuming !! Since God will be giving believers a glorified body after being taken to be with Christ and spending eternity in heaven. Then it can also be said that He can make the bodies of non-believers feel pain and anguish in hell.

  • J
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    who says they shall have no bodys????? Not me

    Jesus.....back

    and to prove I'm the real deal I explain (in all languages as promised) how I performed 2 miracles feeding the 5000 and the miraculous catch in my key video "the announcement". More will be revealed in due course over the next few months as the world wakes up slowly to the reality I am back. spread the video (facebook, twitter, email etc) if you want to speed up the coming of a world free of oppression, violence, paedophilia etc it's going to happen but you can help speed it up. to doubt is normal but condemn me at your peril your name shall be noted.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p9lwanuhOM

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    Love Jesus

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    rev 20 reveals that even the wicked dead will be resurrected to an eternal death with their own bodies that they did not dedicate to god in their lives and now have to suffer the consequences in a devils hell for living like the same devil. isaiah 66.24 with mark 9. chrislandwer@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    This verse is not meant to be taken literally. But the Bible also says that a new body will be received in the 2nd life.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The problem with people that talk about "logic" is that it's not logic, its science. You might as well say its not scientific because logic and science are different things. Ignorance is bliss, except when you use that ignorance to bash others and there faiths. By the way, atheism is not a faith, so i will bash it as much as a please to.

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