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Jesus Turns to Jerusalem
Luke 9:51-62 Commentary
by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson
At this point in Luke’s Gospel we’re only just over a third of the way through the story, but already Jesus has set his face toward Jerusalem.
The disciples were distressed by this earlier in chapter 9, as heading toward Jerusalem is part and parcel of Jesus’ destiny on the cross, the terrible truth that brackets the revelation of his glory in the Transfiguration.
Now it’s time for the Samaritans to get offended for reasons of their own. Luke gives us little hint as to why, exactly, this irritated them so, but we can infer that the longstanding religious competition between the northern kingdom of Israel (or rather its dismembered remnant in Samaria) and the southern kingdom of Judah about the right place to worship has something to do with it (see also John 4 and Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman).
It would be easy to gloss over the reference to the Samaritans, but details such as these are never accidental. Taking the long view of Luke-Acts -- which starts in the most perfectly Jewish of environments with the conception of John by elderly Sarah-like Elizabeth and temple priest Zechariah, and ends ...
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NL259: Jesus Turns to Jerusalem
March 01, 2017
This podcast on Luke 9:51-62, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Mar. 1, 2017, features Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Matt Skinner. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.