Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Salted with fire

Morning: Psalms 121, 122, 123; Exodus 5:1-6:1; I Corinthians 14:20-40

Jesus highlights, using violent images, the struggle in which he is engaged.  It is the language of hyperbole … a millstone around the neck if you lead children astray; eyes or hands that cause offence cut out or cut off.  In this struggle of good with evil, standing for the good is costly.  So, says Jesus, be like purifying salt, or refining fire; do not lose your character and become tasteless.  Also, do not squabble about special privileges. The struggle for the good leads more often, not to status but, to suffering ... as Jesus’s experience shows.

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