Posted by: Pauline | November 12, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday November 19

Micah 6:6-8

Human religions have come up with various ideas of what their gods require of their worshipers. Offering sacrifices of some kind is nearly universal. The idea that one can satisfy the deity with a large sacrifice has not doubt appealed to many people because it would allow them to show off how big a sacrifice they were bringing, while being easier in many ways than displaying such virtues as honesty and humility. But Micah makes it clear that the God of Israel was more interested in people’s hearts and behavior than in any amount of sacrifices they might bring.

Luke 10:25-37

The parable of the Good Samaritan has such deep roots in our culture (whether the ideal is commonly lived out or not), that the word “Samaritan” has become synonymous in many people’s minds for “someone who helps a stranger,” and they would be surprised to find out that in Jesus’ time, a Samaritan was a member of an ethnic group despised by the Jews. That one of them was the hero of Jesus’ story must have galled many of his hearers.

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