Twelve Scriptures project
Text #4: Mark 12:28-34
Unless you are just back from a very long summer vacation, which I know a few of you are, you know that we have been focusing on the 12 Scriptures that we have selected as a congregation as being most significant for us. This is a project being encouraged across our denomination, Mennonite Church USA. The idea is that we are able to get a window into what we, together, hold as most valuable, of central importance, or, to use a little more lofty theological language, what is our congregational hermeneutical center out of which we interpret not only scripture, but also lived experience. The question we will be speaking to throughout the summer is “Which scriptures are the first of all?”
One of the unique aspects of today’s scripture is that it isn’t just one scripture. It appears three different times, in the gospels with Matthew, Mark, and Luke each having their own version of this exchange between Jesus and the religious leaders. Luke’s version includes the telling of the story of the Good Samaritan, the only place the parable appears in the Bible. ...