DO YOU HAVE FAVORITE SAYINGS IN YOUR FAMILY? One we say in our family is “There’s Mom’s turn around place?” and then we all laugh. In the early years of our marriage we moved about every four to five years due to job changes. Each time we moved it would take time for us to learn our way around the new territory. Being the parent that was home during the day, I was the one who drove the new territory the most and usually I would make the same wrong turn each day until I could get the spatial environment firmly in sight. The “turn around place” became the key to “whoops, we’re going the wrong direction” recognition. When we laughed it was the release of knowing where we were in the midst of where we needed to be. Family sayings often are code for lessons learned.
In the Samaritan story in Luke 10, Jesus asked the lawyer a question in answer to a question the lawyer had asked him, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25. Jesus answered with a question, “What is written in the Law?” Luke 10: 26. Remembering that Jesus was speaking to a lawyer who would naturally be an expert in the Law Jesus knew the lawyer would answer scripturally and he did. The lawyer answered with the greatest commandment known well by all who had studied Torah as children “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all our soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Deut. 6:5 and Luke 10:27. Jesus then said if he would do this life would be his. Luke 10 28. Wanting to argue with Jesus, for lawyers excel in argument, the lawyer made the mistake of asking another question of Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 10:29. It is at this point that Jesus reveals the “turn around place” for the lawyer. After telling the story of the Samaritan and the victim on the side of the road (read Luke 10:30-36) Jesus then asks the lawyer the question, “Which of these three, do you think proved himself a neighbor to the man who fell into the brigands’ hands?” (Luke 10:36) This was a question that a child in Torah school could answer in truth…. Evidence inarguable! The lawyer replied “The one who took pity on him.” The lawyer recognizes the opportunity to “turn around” and then Jesus directs him clearly “Go and do the same yourself.” Luke 10:37
When we are children, we know that we don’t know what the Teacher does know. That is why we so enjoy children’s answers to adult questions. It is when we grow up that we begin to think we know something BEFORE the “TEACHER ” asks the questions. It is then that argument develops rather than enjoyment. ISN’T IT WONDERFUL THAT IN GOD’S KINGDOM WE ARE STILL CHILDREN AND CAN CELEBRATE THE WONDER OF THE “TURN AROUND PLACE”!! At any given time in your adult life you have the privilege to approach the Lord as His child, not knowing and full of wonder.
Joy and Peace to you,
Elsa Jane April 8, 2016