Where Did That Come From

From Pastor Todd’s Weekly Email

Have you ever been talking with someone and then out of the blue comes what seems like a random thought or question? Reading along the Gospel passage this week hit me the same way. Jesus faces another question from the Pharisees – “What is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus answers with wisdom – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. this is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yoruself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Solid. The Apostle Paul takes his queue and in Galatians writest the Law may be summed up in, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” For Paul the link between the two becomes apparent in the demonstration of love in all relationships not just one that may be confined to what goes on in our hearts, souls, and minds hidden as they are from the watchful eye.

Here is comes. In something of a literary pregnant pause we get, “Now while the Pharisees were gathered together . . ..,” Jesus asks a question. “What to you think about the Christ [Messiah]? Whose son is he?” Yes, that would have been my response to the questioning Pharisees! On its face we are left wondering how the two incidents are connected beyond their positioning in Matthew’s telling the Gospel of Jesus. Another way is to ask, “How does a question about the greatest commandment relate to the question about whose son is the Messiah? Now do you see the musing, “Where did that come from?”

Let’s wrestle with this one Sunday and see how it shapes us toward Monday.

One more . . .

Deuteronomy is the last book of the Pentateuch – The Law or the Five Books. The narrator closes the book with the account of Moses’ death. God has already told Moses his disobedience cost him entry into the land promised since Abraham. He gets to look. He peers in as it were from a high mountain. Then he dies. God buries him. Out there. Some where.

The narrator picks it up by saying, “And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses.” True. Not another Moses. Not another incident where Israel is in Egypt. Not another Pharoah. In our translations it appears the “not like Moses” is associated with the events of captivity in Egypt. No one like Moses. Sure sound like the death of a dream. There seems like all others who follow never will fill those shoes. And you are Joshua.

Maybe there is a relationship to the Gospel passage. Maybe there is a way of seeing these through the lens of Paul to the Thessalonians, ” . . . we were ready to share with you not only tghe gosple of God but also our own selves, because you had beocme very dear to us.”

See you Sunday ready to wrestle.

Pastor Todd offers some audio thoughts here.

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