2 Kings 5:1-14 – Naaman the Syrian discovers that the power of God does not run in the channels carved by the political and military powers of the world. Servants and messengers upend his expectations and demonstrate that God’s power is often found in the places we are least inclined to look for it.
Psalm 30 – The story of God’s salvation looks like victory, health, and life. We need to look to all three to know when God is truly at work. And we need to trust in God to bring them about.
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 – Jesus sends his followers to bring the Kingdom of God ahead of his own arrival. Jesus sends his followers to be his own presence before he arrives. And he sends them out like sheep who have to trust that the wolves will feed them rather than eat them. The power of God’s kingdom comes in ways that our yes would normally be too dull to see.
Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16 – Construction of a people faithful to the gospel that they’ve learned continues with final instructions: take care of yourself by loving your neighbor. New creation means that we have to reimagine power, obedience, and how God brings us the peace we yearn for.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, blogger, and New Testament professor who lives in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of a pair of books, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is off to the printers. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.