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- The people rebel, and kill a prophet
- God punishes the perpetrators
- God shows mercy through sending a new prophet
- The people sin and reject the prophet. [see Chris Haslam’s web page for more on this]
It would be easy to simply see in Jesus’ words a confounding message and an incomplete idea being given in Jesus’ parallel of his ministry with Elijah and Elisha. Except here we see the beginning of Jesus’ preparation for the mission to the Gentiles. What binds these stories together is that Elijah and Elisha are sent outside Israel to Gentiles. We already know from Simeon and from the Isaiah passage quoted earlier in the Gospel that the ministry of Jesus will extend to all nations. Here Jesus himself offers a prophetic vision of God’s reign. We know because we have been reading the Gospel together. The people in the narrative are hearing this for the very first time.
The Lambeth Bible Study Method
Opening Prayer: O Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning. Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that we may embrace and hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
2. Each person briefly identifies the word or phrase that catches their attention then invites another person to share.
4. The passage is read a second time, preferably from a different translation. The reader then invites a person in the group to begin the process.
5. Each person briefly identifies where this passage touches their life today, and then invites someone who has not shared yet.
6. The passage is read a third time, also from another translation, and the reader invites a person to start the process.