Between the Lines: Pentecost 19: Proper 25- October 23, 2011

Text: Matthew 22:34-46

 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

It seems to me that within the span of just a few lines, the discussion between the Pharisees and Jesus goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. In the first exchange, all the law and the prophets hang on two key commandments. In the second, Jesus seems to be tricking the Pharisees in a debate over interpretations. He scores a point, perhaps, but doesn’t seem to make much of one. When was the last time that you worried about whether the Messiah was David’s son? Besides, isn’t Jesus called both “Messiah” and “Son of David”? I learned in math class that if x=y and x=z, then y=z.

Consider your own debates with others and within. How often do you focus on things that are central and how often on things which are trivial? On what do all the law and the prophets hang in your own decisions? In your use of time? In how you devote your talents and energies?

– Andy Kille

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One response to “Between the Lines: Pentecost 19: Proper 25- October 23, 2011

  1. Wasn’t “challenge and riposte” more of a dual-like game? Perhaps Jesus posing such a question is meant not just to stymie the Pharisees, who always were out to best him, but to make the “game” ridiculous.

    On the other hand, when he was the one answering, he “won” by speaking a larger truth.

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