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Matthew 8:18-22

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Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Matthew 8:18-22
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    • The scribes were largely educated and earnest people but Jesus called them to something more. Here, he seems to offer a caution to an enthusiastic follower and, to the one who seems to be preoccupied by a matter of importance, Jesus poses a question. Why should I be surprised when my discipleship is not easy? True prayer will always call me beyond my own interests and lead me to light.
    • Lord you constantly challenge me. I will try to hear your voice in what unsettles me.
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    • ‘The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Christian discipleship can be radical and urgent. It can even take priority over ‘burying the dead.’ This statement means that God’s calls take precedence over all else.
    • Discipleship requires extraordinary faith, trust, and commitment. What is the quality of my personal commitment to the Lord and his gospel? Lord Jesus, thank you for numbering me among your disciples today. Grant me all that I need to follow you closely and faithfully.
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    • Did the scribe want to follow Jesus because he saw him as a celebrity who could attract great crowds and perform so many healings? What is Jesus’ attitude to fame, power and privilege?
    • Imagine that the Lord of Creation has nowhere to lay his head! Is he challenging me to be freer about my possessions? I pray for a generous spirit, so that I can truly follow him.
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    • This highly educated scribe offers himself as Jesus’ disciple. What is it that makes Jesus slow to jump at the offer? Perhaps it was a suspicion that the scribe was exchanging the stability of a scholar for the stability of a disciple, still a student of God’s word. That great biblical student Karl Barth said: /To understand the scriptures we must stop acting like mere spectators./ The authentic following of Jesus means a risky, unsettled, engaged sort of life.
    • Lord you constantly challenge me. I will try to hear your voice in what unsettles me.
    • Home and family may be among our strongest securities. Jesus emphasises here that such is not the case with him. The work of God and the family of God came first for him. Following him means that nothing else should cut across his gospel in the principal relationships of our lives; that all our belonging in the world is belonging with him and in him.
    • It may be that as Jesus answered the scribe he challenged him know where it hurt, reminding him that he might not have anywhere to lay his head. Even as I say I am willing to follow Jesus, I too quickly realise where it may be difficult for me. If I am to be a disciple I need to remain in dialogue with Jesus, listening keenly for his response.
    • Jesus does not want me to be held back even by what seems positive and praiseworthy. As I pray for the trust I need to follow his call, I think of the trust he places in me as he speaks my name.
    • Jesus might have seen the scribe as somebody who had a lot of understanding, a lot to leave behind. His answer caused them to question their conclusions. Are there conclusions that Jesus wants me to question now?
    • Jesus always points us to life. I pray that I may recognise signs of growth and hope and follow them.
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    • This highly educated scribe offers himself as Jesus’ disciple. What is it that makes Jesus slow to jump at the offer? Perhaps it was a suspicion that the scribe was exchanging the stability of a scholar for the stability of a disciple, still a student of God’s word. That great biblical student Karl Barth said: /To understand the scriptures we must stop acting like mere spectators./ The authentic following of Jesus means a risky, unsettled, engaged sort of life.
    • Lord you constantly challenge me. I will try to hear your voice in what unsettles me.
    • Home and family may be among our strongest securities. Jesus emphasises here that such is not the case with him. The work of God and the family of God came first for him. Following him means that nothing else should cut across his gospel in the principal relationships of our lives; that all our belonging in the world is belonging with him and in him.
    • It may be that as Jesus answered the scribe he challenged him know where it hurt, reminding him that he might not have anywhere to lay his head. Even as I say I am willing to follow Jesus, I too quickly realise where it may be difficult for me. If I am to be a disciple I need to remain in dialogue with Jesus, listening keenly for his response.
    • Jesus does not want me to be held back even by what seems positive and praiseworthy. As I pray for the trust I need to follow his call, I think of the trust he places in me as he speaks my name.
    • Jesus might have seen the scribe as somebody who had a lot of understanding, a lot to leave behind. His answer caused them to question their conclusions. Are there conclusions that Jesus wants me to question now?
    • Jesus always points us to life. I pray that I may recognise signs of growth and hope and follow them.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This highly educated scribe offers himself as Jesus’ disciple. What is it that makes Jesus slow to jump at the offer? Perhaps it was a suspicion that the scribe was exchanging the stability of a scholar for the stability of a disciple, still a student of God’s word. That great biblical student Karl Barth said: /To understand the scriptures we must stop acting like mere spectators./ The authentic following of Jesus means a risky, unsettled, engaged sort of life.
    • Lord you constantly challenge me. I will try to hear your voice in what unsettles me.
    • Home and family may be among our strongest securities. Jesus emphasises here that such is not the case with him. The work of God and the family of God came first for him. Following him means that nothing else should cut across his gospel in the principal relationships of our lives; that all our belonging in the world is belonging with him and in him.
    • It may be that as Jesus answered the scribe he challenged him know where it hurt, reminding him that he might not have anywhere to lay his head. Even as I say I am willing to follow Jesus, I too quickly realise where it may be difficult for me. If I am to be a disciple I need to remain in dialogue with Jesus, listening keenly for his response.
    • Jesus does not want me to be held back even by what seems positive and praiseworthy. As I pray for the trust I need to follow his call, I think of the trust he places in me as he speaks my name.
    • Jesus might have seen the scribe as somebody who had a lot of understanding, a lot to leave behind. His answer caused them to question their conclusions. Are there conclusions that Jesus wants me to question now?
    • Jesus always points us to life. I pray that I may recognise signs of growth and hope and follow them.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This highly educated scribe offers himself as Jesus’ disciple. What is it that makes Jesus slow to jump at the offer? Perhaps it was a suspicion that the scribe was exchanging the stability of a scholar for the stability of a disciple, still a student of God’s word. That great biblical student Karl Barth said: /To understand the scriptures we must stop acting like mere spectators./ The authentic following of Jesus means a risky, unsettled, engaged sort of life.
    • Lord you constantly challenge me. I will try to hear your voice in what unsettles me.
    • Home and family may be among our strongest securities. Jesus emphasises here that such is not the case with him. The work of God and the family of God came first for him. Following him means that nothing else should cut across his gospel in the principal relationships of our lives; that all our belonging in the world is belonging with him and in him.
    • It may be that as Jesus answered the scribe he challenged him know where it hurt, reminding him that he might not have anywhere to lay his head. Even as I say I am willing to follow Jesus, I too quickly realise where it may be difficult for me. If I am to be a disciple I need to remain in dialogue with Jesus, listening keenly for his response.
    • Jesus does not want me to be held back even by what seems positive and praiseworthy. As I pray for the trust I need to follow his call, I think of the trust he places in me as he speaks my name.
    • Jesus might have seen the scribe as somebody who had a lot of understanding, a lot to leave behind. His answer caused them to question their conclusions. Are there conclusions that Jesus wants me to question now?
    • Jesus always points us to life. I pray that I may recognise signs of growth and hope and follow them.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This highly educated scribe offers himself as Jesus’ disciple. What is it that makes Jesus slow to jump at the offer? Perhaps it was a suspicion that the scribe was exchanging the stability of a scholar for the stability of a disciple, still a student of God’s word. That great biblical student Karl Barth said: /To understand the scriptures we must stop acting like mere spectators./ The authentic following of Jesus means a risky, unsettled, engaged sort of life.
    • Lord you constantly challenge me. I will try to hear your voice in what unsettles me.
    • Home and family may be among our strongest securities. Jesus emphasises here that such is not the case with him. The work of God and the family of God came first for him. Following him means that nothing else should cut across his gospel in the principal relationships of our lives; that all our belonging in the world is belonging with him and in him.
    • It may be that as Jesus answered the scribe he challenged him know where it hurt, reminding him that he might not have anywhere to lay his head. Even as I say I am willing to follow Jesus, I too quickly realise where it may be difficult for me. If I am to be a disciple I need to remain in dialogue with Jesus, listening keenly for his response.
    • Jesus does not want me to be held back even by what seems positive and praiseworthy. As I pray for the trust I need to follow his call, I think of the trust he places in me as he speaks my name.
    • Jesus might have seen the scribe as somebody who had a lot of understanding, a lot to leave behind. His answer caused them to question their conclusions. Are there conclusions that Jesus wants me to question now?
    • Jesus always points us to life. I pray that I may recognise signs of growth and hope and follow them.