Blogging the Lectionary (10/7/07)

Luke 17:5-10  5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”  6 The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.  7 “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’?  8 Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’?  9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?  10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'”

Early in the week observations, without study.  I’m not scheduled to preach this weekend in a formal church setting.

The lectionary skips the first 4 verses of Luke 17 … about forgiveness.  I’ll forgive the lectionary forgers.

Does Jesus suggest that faith is not something that needs to be increased?  I don’t know anyone with even a “mustard seed” sized faith according to what Jesus describes!

I’m not really sure how verse 7ff, ties to verses 5-6.

Is Jesus saying here that we don’t deserve credit for what we do?

… and then, thinking some …

Faith is an interesting thing.  If our faith was strong enough to plant a mulberry tree in the ocean, who would need faith … who would need God … what value is there in that kind of faith if it leads us away from God?

No matter how much we do, we can’t do more than is expected of us by God.

Increasing our faith might make us better slaves to Christ.

Pondering away ….

Pondering Pastor

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