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Aug 9, 2018

Pulpit To Pew Podcast | Sabbadoodles | ep86 | Midrash Monk

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In this episode, Rev. Gibson discusses her lifelong love of reading, her admiration of educator and author Samuel Holt Monk, Nathan confronting King David, Midrash, and the lessons from the Bread of Life Discourse.

Kind David needed the intervention of Nathan's Rich Man/Poor Man story of the Ewe to be enlightened about his abuse of power and sinful acts concerning Bathsheba and Uriah. Jesus taught his high concepts and holy ideas to his followers in simple stories and parables so they would be able to grasp his promise of "something more" with Him and the Bread of Life. Reading and hearing stories allows us a way to see ourselves in the mirror of narrative, events, and characters. This "seeing yourself" can aid us in the awareness of understanding our true selves and how we interact with the world around us. Am I the rich man, or the poor man? Am I the hero, or the villain? This reciprocal internal and external self-examination (and realization) from literature, more specifically scripture, has a name - Midrash. Midrash is not some "new age" spiritual trend; it's an age-old rabbinical teaching method of interpreting and learning from the people, context, and lessons found in Scripture. Midrash asks us to look deeper into our shared stories to find a personal connection from the written word to our modern daily lives. Rev. Gibson points out that Midrash is not just used with spiritual texts, educators like Samual Holt Monk also reveal this type of learning in their critical analysis and works of secular literature and satire. Knowing ourselves, uncovering our blind spots, or answering a spiritual question can come in many forms, but we must be open to hearing the truth. Are you listening and looking for these revelations in Scripture or any other literature? Seeing ourselves in the life of Jesus and imitating his actions are some big steps in walking in the Way of Christ. Realizing our actions that aren't like Christ are even bigger.

SabbaDoodle - Midrash Monk - Johnny Gwin

Readings:

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-13
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35


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