Maybe I just don’t have rosy questions in mind when I think of Bible studies. Want to know what I’d like to see? A Bible study on division(s)!
“Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” (Luke 12:51). So why not explore what that means for us?
I do not mean to stir up division, but to recognize it. There are all sorts of division—and not necessarily with negative connotations! Division of belief, certainly, but also distinctions between the priesthood of all believers and the Office of the Holy Ministry. Differences between the Sacraments. Men and women. Even God and man. Authority. Law and Gospel!! Divisions of the law, etc.
Think about it: angels and demons! Body and soul! Testing spirits!
Unfortunately some of my initial examples have fled my memory, but am I crazy to think a surprisingly large amount of stuff could fit into that? Even as it revolves precisely around Christ’s work! CHRIST causes some division! Now would be a great time to relearn the relationship between Christ, the Church, and division.
Mary Jackquelyn Moerbe (rhymes with Furby) is an LCMS deaconess, writer, speaker, and homeschooler. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Letters, a combination of history, literature, language, and philosophy, and a BA in music. Her master of arts degree is in theology with deaconess certification from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. She and her husband, Rev. Ned A. Moerbe, have six children and live in Oklahoma.
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