This week we changed up the location to Jason’s flat on account of the family von Everett down and out with gastro or some variation thereof.
This week we met Rach and Alfie before gender splitting and reading Luke 16 – 18.
We men discussed the following points, mainly questions, in this section:
- Does this mean that we should throw child molesters into the sea? When referring to Jesus said to his disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to the person through whom they come. It would be better for him to have a mill-stone tied round his neck and be thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Watch yourselves closely. …”
- What is the meaning behind this parable of the manager? (Ch 16)
- “Watch yourselves closely. If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a single day, and seven times turns back to you and says, ‘I repent’, then you must forgive him.”
- In the parable of the 10 lepers (Ch 17), when is the one leper ‘rescued’ by his faith?? And what of the other nine?
An intense and surprising question to kick us off, I think it caught us all out for a second or two. It was a misinterpretation of the passage taking “little ones” to literally mean children in the sense of kids. This term could mean any number of things but is more likely referring to children of God, young Christians or those Christians being led astray.
Summary of the parable is the manager does wrong to his master/rich man and is fired, he decides to set himself up by reducing customers’ debts so that they will help him out in the future. Jesus finishes the parable with this: “Now the master commended the unrighteous manager because he had acted cleverly, because the sons of this age are more cunning than the sons of light when it comes to dealing with their own kind. And so I tell you, make friends for yourselves with unrighteous wealth so that when it fails, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings.”
This is definitely a confusing and hard to interpret part of the bible. We came up with a few different ways that this could have been applied, all of which more or less fit, but nothing solid, the most prominent one being supported by D.A. Carson, telling us that the manager used resources under his control to prepare for his future. Another interesting action was to befriend those that posess this unrighteous wealth, in the hope that when it falls away/fails, they will turn to God and may be the ones welcoming you into heaven… I think it seems to fit in a little better overall, not brilliantly or neatly, but better…
This was something that we were sorry for not doing, and we were challenged to do so.
The parable reads: On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing through the border region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered one particular town, they met ten lepers, standing at a distance. The lepers called out, “Jesus, Master, be merciful to us!”
And when Jesus saw them, he replied, “Go and show yourselves to the priests”. And while they were going, they were made whole.
When one of them realised tat he had been healed, he came back, honouring and praising God in a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.
Jesus responded, “Weren’t there ten who were made clean? Where are the other nine? Did none come back and give honour and praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Stand up, and go on your way. Your faith has rescued you.”
There is a distinction between rescued and healed, which was the confusion behind the question. There are a few important points to pick up on :
- That this leper that returns is a Samaritan, a sworn enemy of the Jews.
- That he responds with praise and honour.
it is announced, difficult to enter and not able to be closely observed as to it’s arrival, but is in the midst of us.
An interesting way for Jesus to subtly explain his oneness with God, He doesn’t doubt his being good, only diverts the focus to God.