Between the Lines: Pentecost 15: September 9, 2012

Text: Mark 7:24-37

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Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.

What might Jesus gain by telling people not to speak about what they see and experience? Does he not want anyone to know what is happening? Is he concerned that the reporters might add their own interpretations and distort his work, leading to misunderstandings?

Is he a shrewd observer of human nature who knows that the best way to get someone to talk is to forbid them to do so? What might Jesus have to lose as the stories about him arrive before he does?

– Andy Kille

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to



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