In the meantime I wondered what the best treatment for this is. I decided that opening the Gospels at random, and seeing what puzzling, utterly opaque thing Jesus was doing at that spot, would be useful for us all. Here's mine, from John 10.
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’[Psalm 82]? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.I have been in enough Bible studies to attempt to unpack what is being said here, what it means, and how it is instructive. I said, "begin." But that does not in the least get us around the fact that this is all odd, very odd, not easily penetrated, and fitting neither the Jesus Defender of Freedom and Jesus Meek and Mild models which are so popular now.