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Finally into Alice Springs. Read on >>>>

Day 14: Through the Palmer and the Finke. Read on >>>>

Notes on Day 13: Kulgera. Read on >>>>

Coober Pedy to Kulgera... Read on >>>>

Days 7 -10. Read on >>>>

 

Adelaide to somewhere past Glendambo. Read on >>>>

In the previous two weeks (here and here and here) we have seen Jesus sending people to bless and heal, and with the strong command to walk away from retaliation:

Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them. 6They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere." 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but they did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. 54When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’ 55But he turned and rebuked them. (Luke 9:2-5, 52-55)

Luke 9 makes it clear that Jesus is ranked above Elijah and Moses, and that Jesus repudiates the violence and fire that Elijah wielded, a violence and fire which was attributed to the power of God.

In all this, Samaria was one of the key images, and it is a Samaritan outsider who is the key person in this week's text.... Read on >>>>

(This post continues from last week's post and sermon.)

After this…  the first words of Chapter 10 link the reading with what came before. How odd that in the previous reading Jesus forbids revenge and violence against a village, but in the next breath calls down woe upon whole cities, with Sodom at the less bad end of the list!

Sodom was destroyed by the fire which Jesus has just repudiated. And Sodom'sinhospitality was legendary.... Read on >>>>

Think about Israel in the time of Jesus. God's own country is ruled by an oppressive empire. Taxes are high, and dodgy Jewish officials are in league with the Romans. It's not feeling like a land of milk and honey as the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.

What hope is there for the future? We need a new Moses who can take us out of this current Egypt in a new Exodus.  And we need a new Elijah!. ... Read on >>>>

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