- Symbols are objects that lead you to see something else. What are some of the dominant symbols of our culture right now? Of your life?
- Jesus’ disciples who were fisherman may have paid inflated taxes to Levi for years. How would they feel when Jesus called him? Have you ever resented Jesus calling a particular person? What were the circumstances?
- Regarding tables in Jesus’ day, Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg write, “Just as the word “house” could mean your family lineage or the word “bed” could mean your intimate relationship, the word “table” could stand for family and friends—all those you trusted and on whom you depended. These were the people with whom you enjoyed table fellowship. In fact, table fellowship implied a nearly inviolable relationship. To be a guest at a family’s table meant that you were under their protection. As long as you were with the family, they were honor bound to defend you, even at the cost of their lives.” Who are the people at the table of your life? Does that gathering look like the gathering Jesus puts together in Mark 2? Who do we tend to include and exclude?
- How might you be a table—a place for inclusion, welcome, safety and provision—in your little corner of the world this week?
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