I Samuel 8:4-22, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 and Mark 3:20-35
The sad demanding Israelites: they just have to have a King. Judges, prophets, and other leaders were just not enough. God warned them thru Samuel but gave them their request anyway. And Jesus has to contend with both Satan and the “religious” people of the day. And before the Mark passage concludes, it looks as if Jesus’ own family might be coming to ask him to “tone it down a bit.” They hear that some are saying Jesus is “out of his mind!”
So it goes: misunderstanding, conflict, struggle, and frustration. At least the scriptures are honest about how people act at both their worst and their best. And how relevant scriptures are to our current 2021. And to any generation! Struggles amongst communities, groups, families are real and require “working through.” God never gives up on sinful people and always has a word and living example of how to deal with conflict and suffering.
Sometimes we are asked “on a scale of 1-10 how bad is it?” In these scriptures it comes close to a 7-8….I think. (We haven’t reached Golgotha yet!). Yet, Paul in I Corinthians is honest about the struggle and even more affirming of blessings in the struggle and a final good outcome!
So, we should ask ourselves this week: on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most painful, where are we in our struggles both personally and in community with each other?! And are we believing God for the help we need?
A good question to bring with us to worship this June 6, 2021.
Pastor Barry †