As we stumble,
Fears may envelope us
Self criticism may blanket us
We may focus on the stumbles of others to feel better about ourselves, but once we turn our attention back to self
A pattern of stumbles will emerge. We will be able to connect some dots. Curiosity will heal our soul.
Truths, important for the rest of our life, will tumble out of the stumbles.
Let us be freed for new life by our stumbles. And may compassionate hearts be born for all who stumble, which is everybody.
We must be careful when we speak of Jesus. There are four canonical gospels and they present four different Jesuses. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note, as Chris Keith does in Jesus Against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict that Jesus was aware of discrepancies in Israel’s scripture and used such discrepancies to his advantage.
In light of Torah’s significance for first-century Judaism, it can hardly be a surprise that Jesus and the scribal elite often argue over Moses and the law in the Gospels. For example, in Mark 10:2, the Pharisees ask Jesus if divorce is legal. Jesus asks in response, “What did Moses command yo?” He then exploits a discrepancy from within the law. According to Deuteronomy 24:1-4, divorces is legal, but according to Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, which Jesus cites in Mark 10:6-8, man and woman are joined in such a fashion that divorce is prohibited. In the Matthean parallel of this text (Matthew 19:3-010), Jesus answers straight from Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, with the Pharisees asking about the Mosaic exceptions inDeuteronomy 24:1-4 (Matthew 19:7).
The main task of liberal Christianity is to love the world as God loves the world, however, part of our mission also is to point out discrepancies within scripture to keep the Christians honest about the nature of the church’s book and the complexity of the interpretation.