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August 30

St Matthew 17, 9–10

Something to read

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’ And the disciples asked him, ‘Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’New Revised Standard Version

To read the King James Version, click here

Something to think about

The logic here seems to be: since you are clearly God’s messiah, following in Moses’ and Elijah’s footsteps, how come your ministry doesn’t quite fit with what our top theologians are telling us?

They say that before the messiah comes there will be a new Elijah – which we thought you might be – but now it’s clear who you are, how come they got it wrong? (We’ll get the answer tomorrow.)

There is an important task today in relating Christian concern for the poor and the disadvantaged to the ongoing theological work of the Church. It is easy for Christians to be divided into thinkers and doers.

This is particularly true when much of the thinking is about matters of internal church affairs rather than about what is on the heart of God for our world. Today’s disciples need to keep questioning the thinking of the Church in the light of the great Kingdom purposes that Jesus initiated.

Something to do

Look in the church press or on Christian websites for issues that Christians are debating today. Keep asking ‘Why?’ Write down any insight you get.

Something to pray

Father, I am sorry I am so lazy in thinking through how the things I know in my heart relate to the issues that are being debated in the Church today. Help me to engage with these issues, so that I understand the Church better and play my part in it more thoughtfully – even if that means more confrontation.

Today's contributor is JUST LIVING, a fresh expression of church in Devon devoted to the Christian pursuit of justice for the poor and closely linked to Christian Aid.

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