Lectionary 9 C

If you forgot that the movement started by Luther had issues with authority and found in scripture cause for rebellion, you will be reminded of that here. Oh, and I'm not ignoring the semi-continuous readings, as you'll see in this post. I'll be doing both as applicable.

Semi-Continuous Reading: 1 Kings 18:20-21[22-29]30-39

This reading is cited in a footnote in Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article 4: Justification (AP 4.208, n. 159) along with passages from 1 Samuel 9 as examples of the prophets of Israel offering sacrifices in high places.

Galatians 1:1-12

Verses 7-9 are cited in a footnote in Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (Tr 72, n. 63) as the location where Paul calls bishops and others teaching and defending falsely "accursed" (Tr 72). Verses 8-9 are cited earlier (Tr 41, n. 45) in a footnote along with a passage from Titus 3 and  a quote from 2 Corinthians 6 in the main text to show the same thing.

Verse 8 is cited several times. First it is quoted in The Augsburg Confession, Article 28: Bishops/The Church's Power (AC 28.24) among a list of scriptural quotes showing that disobediences is a faithful response to bishops going contrary the gospel. Verse 8 is also quoted in Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article 28: Ecclesiastical Power (AP 28.20) to make the same point. Verse 8 is cited in a footnote to Smalcald Articles, Part 2, Article 2 (SA 2.2.15, n.  41) as a passing reference for the main text, again making the same point. Verse 8 is quoted in Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (Tp 38) to make the same point again. Finally, verse 8 is quoted in Formula of Concord, Epitome, Introduction (Ep Intro.1) to make a different point! Here verse 8 along with a verse from Psalm 119 provide reason for judging teaching by scripture alone. 

Verse 9 is quoted in Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article 7/8: The Church AP 7/8.48) to make the same claim as verse 8, against false teachings.

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Yup, false teachers and teachings. But lest we start finger pointing or thinking we've come so far, it should be a helpful reminder that Paul was warning against those who were teaching a different interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures and that Luther and those who followed him were struggling against those who were teaching a different interpretation of scripture. We are having the same kind of arguments about what these sacred words mean as people have been having since there have been sacred words. Making claims using scripture is always an interpretation of scripture.

  • How do we make time and space to listen to other views of scripture?
  • Where do we strive to clarify and verbalize our own interpretation of scripture?
  • How did the centurion of Luke 7 interpret the living sacred Word and what might his interpretation mean for us today?