Tragedies and hardships and difficult times are some of the most perplexing things we have to face as people who believe in God. Our most common and reflexive response to them is to look up to heaven and ask “why?”. The why’s of the thing are the biggest wrestling matches we can have in our faith.
Jesus is confronted with senseless suffering, and offers some insights for us in the passage we’ll be looking at in Luke 13:1-9 this Sunday.
What do you think Jesus is getting at when he says “unless you repent, you will likewise perish”? I would like to challenge you to think outside of the box a little on this passage. There is a very common and accepted understanding about the point that’s being made…but are we sure about the point? Think long and hard about the context before you answer.
Even the parable Jesus tells about an unfruitful fig tree can be a little challenging to grasp the meaning of. We want to say that God is the vineyard owner and Jesus is the gardener…God wants to chop the fig tree down (because, heh heh…God hates figs) but Jesus intervenes and keeps God from judging so harshly…but does that concept really make a lot of sense? Is God really at odds with himself when it comes to Israel, or humanity for that matter? What other possible meaning could this parable have, as you think about it?
Ok…that’s pretty heady stuff to ponder just before the weekend. But I hope you do…AND I hope you have a great weekend, and hopefully I’ll see you Sunday!