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When I began to talk to Glenn about starting a Bible Study, he asked me to turn to the scripture that Trinity has already been wrestling with together to see what questions a group of readers in fellowship could explore. I noticed that in recent Sundays we have been hearing some of Jesus’ most famous parables (and some perhaps more obscure). But between the passages we’re reading from the Revised Common Lectionary is Luke 16:16-17
“The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed and everyone tries to enter it by force. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one stroke of a letter in the law to be dropped”
I wonder what Jesus is saying in these parables about his own relationship to the Law. Is Jesus an iconoclast, the exception who doesn’t have to obey the ancient laws of his people, or does he see the Law in a way imperceptible to the literalists? How do we ourselves read the original texts that Jesus and his interlocutors (like the Pharisees) have in common, both the Law and the prophets Jesus cites? What has the text of our own lives taught us about the letter of the law and the spirit of the law?
I look forward to answering these questions with you at our first Bible Study session We can see things together that are invisible to us alone, and our discussion can give the Spirit a chance to join the conversation.