Wednesday before the 6th Sunday of Easter: Luke 10:25-28
Reading: Luke 10:25-28
Rob Bell had a lot of fun in Love Wins poking holes in our oversimplified (and often unscriptural, which is why the book worked) understanding of what we think we know about salvation, righteousness, and eternity. I heard Rob speak recently and when he mentioned the book, he described it as, “unique in the history of publishing, as it was liked by everyone who read it.” If you’re unfamiliar with it, the book caused a bit of a stir, particularly in more conservative circles.
An American Christian skim of today’s reading in Luke 10 might appear to be about a skeptic inquiring about how to get to heaven, but that’s not what’s going on. The man standing before Jesus is a lawyer, which at this point also has poor American connotations. Being a lawyer meant being an expert in scripture reading and interpretation. This Jewish lawyer was keenly aware of the covenant promises of God to God’s people. The fulfillment of those promises were seemingly pushed down the road to the point that eventually Jews began to speak of them as being satisfied “in the age to come”—which is what our lawyer means by eternal life. The next age. This scriptural expert recognizes Jesus’ intriguing grasp of the law and wants to know: “What must I do to receive the promises of God?”
Jesus quickly points out that we are not justified by works. Oh, wait; no he doesn’t. Jesus counters with his own question. “You’re an expert in the law. What do you read in it?”
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
“Bingo,” says Jesus.
Nothing in scripture is simple. How do you struggle to love God with your life?
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