Selected Sunday Scripture- #8

Three different passages make up today’s set of scripture. We start with the First Letter to the Corinthians:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

(1 Cor 12:4-11)

This brings us to the Gospel of Mark:

41 And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”

(Mark 12:41-44)

Finally, we end with Exodus:

Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And he said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand, and take it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand— “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” Again, the Lord said to him, “Put your hand into your bosom.” And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow. Then God said, “Put your hand back into your bosom.” So he put his hand back into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or heed the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or heed your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it upon the dry ground; and the water which you shall take from the Nile will become blood upon the dry ground.”

10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either heretofore or since thou hast spoken to thy servant; but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, send, I pray, some other person.” 14 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well; and behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you he will be glad in his heart. 15 And you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. 16 He shall speak for you to the people; and he shall be a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. 17 And you shall take in your hand this rod, with which you shall do the signs.”

(Ex 4:1-17)

The common theme across these passages is service to God. We each of us have different ways that we can serve God, and all of them have worth and value. The poor widow had next to nothing to contribute to the temple treasury, and yet in the eyes of God her contribution was greater than that of the rich around her. Moses and Aaron each had their own way of serving God as well. Rather than lament the lack of a particular gift we can use to serve God with, we should instead strive to use our own gifts as best we can. All of us can serve in ways that God intended, which should tell us that it has value in His eyes. If God finds value in our gifts, why should we complain about what we have and how we can serve?

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5 responses to “Selected Sunday Scripture- #8

  1. thecivilizationalist

    OT
    I have a new post on the nature of free will, the Marxist view on free will and the larger implications to society.

    As Marxist culture continues to progress, I believe that defending free will and agency would become necessary.

  2. I’ve been debating the obedience thing for awhile; especially after reading about Saul in first Samuel. Saul ran afoul of God by sacrificing when he should have been destroying. Obviously he was disobeying God, but was doing so with the intention to please God through what was the typical practice instead of the more extreme one.

    And that was all Saul did wrong in the eyes of God.

    And God devastated Saul and his offspring for it.

    Obviously, God cares a great deal about obedience. As such, are the virtues and graces set into place solely to inform us how to be obedient to God’s Will?

    Or another way of looking at it – are the virtues simply the only way man can put into words the ways in which we can be obedient to God’s Will through observation of the Patriarchs, Christ, the apostles, and the Saints?

    Food for thought. I’ve been debating the ideas for a week now in my own head.

  3. The common theme across these passages is service to God. We each of us have different ways that we can serve God, and all of them have worth and value. The poor widow had next to nothing to contribute to the temple treasury, and yet in the eyes of God her contribution was greater than that of the rich around her. Moses and Aaron each had their own way of serving God as well. Rather than lament the lack of a particular gift we can use to serve God with, we should instead strive to use our own gifts as best we can. All of us can serve in ways that God intended, which should tell us that it has value in His eyes. If God finds value in our gifts, why should we complain about what we have and how we can serve?

    I think this is what rubs me wrong about how Christo-feminists frame their argument about why they should be allowed to be pastors. They talk on and on about how they shouldn’t be precluded from serving God, that they just want to serve Him in the way that they have been gifted, that their gifts and talents are from God and should be used to serve Him as pastors, etc. etc. etc.

    But pastoring is not exactly serving. I mean it is, but it’s also one of the few paid positions. And women can use any gifts that God has given them to serve in any position which is not forbidden to them by Scripture…and it just so happens that the only one that is forbidden to them – pastoring – is the very one they covet the most. It’s so clearly not about serving…well actually, it is about serving, but not serving God and others but rather serving their own wicked, selfish desires.

  4. It’s so clearly not about serving…well actually, it is about serving, but not serving God and others but rather serving their own wicked, selfish desires.

    Exactly. They desire leadership positions in the same sense that the woman shall desire her husband in Gen 3:16. It is a covetous seeking for personal gain.

  5. Thank you for sharing these verses. I absolutely love this verse Mark 12:41-44.

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