That There Might be Equality

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2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27

Psalm 130

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

Mark 5:21-43

 

Paul encourages the church at Corinth to give to the needy out of their wealth. In verse 15 he cites the Exodus experience of the manna. It could only be gathered once a day and no matter how much was picked up, or how little, everyone had just the right amount for the day. In like manor, Paul encouraged giving in such a way that there would be equality among the people.

David gives us a different sense of equality. After defeating Goliath (a clear picture of God making a child equal to a giant warrior) David went to live with King Saul. When Saul began to fear David and want him dead, David ran, but never turned against God’s anointed king. David did not consider himself superior to Saul, even though he knew God had chosen him to replace increasingly erratic king.

When David received word of the death of the king, he did not gloat, but rather mourned the loss of God’s chosen one. David would not presume to be king until he was properly anointed by God, unlike his own son Adonijah who announced himself as king before David had even died. While David’s name is not attached to Psalm 130, he no doubt agreed with, My soul waits for the LordNIV

In Mark, we find Jesus involved in two healing events which at first seem unrelated. However, both deal with the same problem of separation, or non-equality. Jairus asked Jesus to lay hands on his daughter who was ill and the woman touched Jesus while she was bleeding. Both times Jesus was defiled and required a week of purification ritual. Touching a healthy woman would have been less serious.

As we know, Jesus ignored such separations. He regularly touched the untouchable, even as he claimed he was not changing the Law. When took the hand of the girl who had died and told her to stand up, he was providing a resurrection preview, but he was also instructing all of us that we should not fear another human for any reason.

Who do we fear today? One way to know who we fear is to note the words we use to identify them. Any derogatory word is a bad sign for us.

Being a slave of Jesus the Messiah does not give me any special status in the world. It certainly does not give me license to hate, hurt, or humiliate anyone. It does give me the authority to help, encourage, support, and generally treat everyone I meet the way I want to be treated.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

 

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