Links to this week’s readings can be found here.
Our texts this week have me wondering about authority. In the Exodus passage, the Israelites are complaining about the conditions. Again. As if the manna story has yet to sink in. Asking Moses just who he is and why did he bring them out there to die in the wilderness–exposing their real question of ‘how do we know we have given the right person the authority to program our GPS and lead us in the wilderness?’
In Matthew’s gospel, after Jesus has made a minor little “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem and then turned over some tables, people are asking him on whose authority he is doing these things. Fair question, really. The question is, are we willing to believe his answer and change our minds about what we’ve always known to be true?
Even the ‘Christ Hymn’ in Philippians is about authority–what does it mean to call Jesus the son of God? What do we know about this Jesus and how are we to relate to him and to each other, in light of what we know of Jesus? I don’t always want to preach Paul, but I do love this passage.
Where is the Spirit leading you this week, revgals and pals? Please join the conversation and share your ideas and any links that may be helpful to our sermonizing this week.
I’ve been a revgal for a while, but this is my first week to host the Tuesday Lectionary Leanings. I pastor a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in Boise, Idaho and look forward to getting to know you!