This month's message

Just A Thought , an occasional feature written by a member of our church.

Perhaps we should ask more questions

I have recently been reading about the way things were in the time of Jesus and came across a description of how worship was conducted. Apparently it was centred round the Shema - the verses from Deuteronomy 6 vv 4,5

Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might.

Nothing very different there.  Then there were readings from the Psalms, the Torah (Genesis to Deuteronomy) and the Prophets - just as Jesus read from the pophets in Luke 4 vv 16-19.

Nothing vey different there.  The writer said that after the readings  everyone (presumably only the men) asked questions of each other as to how the passage affected their daily life.

From googling I found no other writer on these matters said the same thing.  It was all much more formal.

Whether that is what happened or not it sounds like a good idea – but it would take some getting used to. On a number of occasions when someone came to question Jesus he answered with a question.

Thinking about asking questions reminded me of someone we met on holiday once who told us how she had been very involved in church life until she was about 22, but had gradually left. She added, slightly regretfully, “but then we read too much don’t we?”  I wonder if she would have kept, or even grown in faith, if she had asked questions and had an opportunity to hear other points of view.

Perhaps a service of worship is not the place to have a discussion but I am sure that the early Methodists asked (and were asked) many questions in their class meetings. What have we lost?

Note: This  message added  on  4th August, 2018.