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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Today in Sunday School

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV

Today in Sunday school our conversation took several interesting turns. Several times during the class we discussed particular challenges faced by class members. Mitch (our teacher) always allows ample time for such discussions—allowing them to take priority over the lessons. In regards to the lessons, we discussed Emmanuel as the great light of God. A diverse variety of applications does not deny the absolute nature of this light. Rather, the realities of different epochs refract that light differently. Thus, Moses faithfully applied the light of God as he devised the ethical code (rules and regs) which included numerous stipulations that are not in force today. Likewise, faithfully applying God's light as it applies to us today may not apply to later epochs facing different realities. In other words, the love of God is not locked-in to any one epoch's unique refraction of it. In fact, to strive to so lock it in can be a form of idolatry. In this sense one continuing aspect of salvation can be fresh understandings of what constitutes holy structures. One lesson from the Upper Room discussed how Joseph initially considered divorcing Mary. We discussed briefly what would have been the implications if Jesus had been raised by a single mother. Would the Lord's Pray begin “Our Father (Daddy)” or some other way?

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