Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well. This Sunday we’re going to be looking at Luke 6:12-26.
The narrative transitions from the conflicts Jesus had with the Pharisees to the choosing of the 12 apostles and the establishing of the Kingdom ethic. As we explore this passage this week, I’m going to try and focus on the change in priorities that Jesus introduces us to. A change from the standard priorities of this broken world to the values and priorities of Jesus’ kingdom project (to use a phrase coined by N.T. Wright).
v 12-16 we have the account of Jesus selecting his 12 apostles. This occurs after an all night prayer session that Jesus has. As I look at that list of names, something occurred to me as I considered Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot both being included on the team. Considering the differences between the values these two men may have embraced, what, if anything, does it speak to you about our priorities and purposes in the community of Christ’s followers?
v 17-19 describes Jesus ministering to the multitudes. If you were to try and summarize with one word the priorities revealed in these verses, what would it be?
v 20-26 begin what is referred to as “the sermon on the plain“, where Jesus teaches many of the same things, with a few variations, as he taught in the “sermon on the mount”. With this opening salvo of “beatitudes”, or blessings, and the contrasting “woes”…what kind of picture do we see emerging about the values of the kingdom project? Where does personal comfort place in these values? Do these verses comfort or disturb you (or both)?
This should be a very interesting study…you never know, it may even get me into trouble.
See yer’ Sunday!