[The Gospel According to…] Luke 4:16-21 revisited

close-up: Bible opened to Isaiah 61 with Portland's Moonstruck dark chocolate and milk in a Bad Decision Dinosaur shot glass

Today’s passages:  Luke 4:16-21Isaiah 61

Yesterday’s post left us with a question. Jesus reads Isaiah 61:1-2 to the synagogue in Nazareth, then shuts the book and tells the congregation, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” How can he have fulfilled those verses, right there at that moment, when the passage in question is about the restoration of the Jewish nation’s fortunes?

I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out an answer to this question, and it’s been like pulling teeth. Maybe Jesus means that only the two verses he read have been fulfilled right there? That God has anointed him, inaugurated him as a messenger of restoration? That his ministry began a restoration, one that applied not only to Jews but also to Gentiles, but one that is not yet complete? That even to this day God’s chosen people and his world have yet to be restored, that the important thing is simply that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Jesus to proclaim liberty to captives, etc., etc.? That’s all I got. So it’s time to go with what I got and move on.

Today’s chocolate is Moonstruck again. Good stuff. Bad Decision Dinosaur is becoming a fixture, up there on that shot glass fulla milk.

 

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