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PROLOGUE TO THE WORD


October 28, 2018

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Job is a blameless and righteous man who suffers great loss and catastrophe. After Job has lost everything, Job and God engage in a back and forth dialogue. There is no single interpretation of the book of Job on which all theologians agree but rather there are many ways that Job’s suffering, faith, and God’s response can be interpreted. In the verses for this week, Job seems to gain some clarity about his life, saying to God, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.” In the final verses of Job, God restores Job’s fortunes and blesses his days.

Hebrews 7:23-28
The writer of Hebrews makes the case that ministers and priests may come and go, but Christ is forever. Jesus “holds his priesthood permanently” and is able to “save those who approach God through him.” Further, Jesus sacrificed “once for all” and “has been made perfect forever.” It is Christ who holds true priestly authority.

Mark 10:46-52
Jesus and the disciples are passing through Jericho on their way to Jerusalem. A large crowd surrounds Jesus, but a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, hears Jesus passing by and calls out to him. Those in the crowd order the beggar to be quiet, but Bartimaeus shouts even more loudly, saying, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus tells the crowd to call to the man, which they do, and the beggar comes to Jesus. Jesus asks the man, “What do you want me to do for you?” and the man responds, “My teacher, let me see again.” With that, Jesus says, “Go; your faith has made you well.” The man immediately regains his sight and follows Jesus.

Sermon Notes
I am struck by Jesus’ question to the blind beggar, “What do you want me to do for you?” I think that is a question we can all ask ourselves regarding Jesus. What is it we want him to do for us?

Shalom, Rev. Lisa Bowersock