Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Readings June 27th

1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62

On first looking, the link between these 3 readings seems to be yokes & ploughing (or plowing, as our US friends would have it): but of course in each reading this is used as a metaphor for discipleship. This links quite well with what I was saying last week - but one of the small frustrations of being in 4 churches is that I am at the 'other' 2 churches this week, and they won't have heard the sermon for June 20th. Still. it keeps the preacher humble!

I am struck by the all or nothing nature of following God's way - Elisha demonstrates this perfectly by slaughtering the oxen with which he had been ploughing. I wonder what his parents thought? Not only is he saying he won't return, he's assuming the land will now just fall into misuse - or maybe be sold off - no-one else will need his plough either!
It's scary stuff, this following God's way - no dipping your toe in the water, or wondering how life would be if you made different choices.

2 comments:

Lythan said...

Oooh liking that thought about what happens to the animals. Thanks!
BTW I once did a joint service at the end of a series with my two churches where I did a quiz on what we had learnt over the last 4 weeks, knowing that at least one lot had heard the information. Baaaaaad mistake....

Ruth said...

Yes, I realised when I started teaching why teachers are always grumpy about test results: it's because you realise how little has gone in! I draw comfort from the fact that although I remember very little about most sermons I have heard, the worship touched me at the time, and I remember the people who preached. Tho come to think of it, that's quite scary, too!