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Keys of the Kingdom 61

There are 85 separable instances of “kingdom” in the Synoptic Gospels; we have three left and two of them are in our text today:
24 Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, ?The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
1. Kingdom ethics are not the same as Roman ethics: power and honor shape Roman ethics; service and love shape Jesus’ ethics.
2. Jesus “confers” on his followers a kingdom as his Father conferred one on him.
3. What Jesus seems to be conferring is two-fold:
His followers are permitted at the table: fellowship with Christ
His followers will rule alongside him over the twelve tribes of Israel: judgment
4. Again, kingdom is intimately — never more so in fact — connected to fellowship with Jesus and it is also clearly associated with Davidic expectation of an earthly rule of the Messiah; disciples are his viceregents.

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posted March 31, 2008 at 9:07 am

would you be able to put these all together as one file like you did with one of yor other long bible series?

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posted March 31, 2008 at 10:08 am

?The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that.”
I think this is one of the single most important sayings & teachings of Jesus. It really deals a blow to our appetite and inclination for power and ruling over others, especially within the Church.
Scot, how would you (if you even would) harmonize Jesus’ teaching here with Paul’s instructions in the Pastoral epistles for Ecclesiology?

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posted March 31, 2008 at 10:29 am

It’s crazy to watch our churches in light of this. I run out of fingers when I try to count all of the Pastors I know who have left a church because the Sr./Lead Pastor rules with this kind of “Roman” approach. And it’s so natural to do so.
What practical things are those of you who are in some place of leadership doing to practice these kingdom values?

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Andrew Murray

posted March 31, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Dan #1,
Hey, long time lurker here. I’m not sure what Scot has in the works, but as I have been following this series I have been compiling it into a word document (with the URL at the beginning of each entry). If you would like, I would be happy to e-mail the document to you (and anyone else who interested) after the conclusion of the series. Just let me know:

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posted April 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Andrew – I’d love a copy of it. I’ll send you my email address. Thanks!

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Scot McKnight

posted April 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm

All, I linked to a pdf of the whole on my Sidebar. Scroll down to “Stuff online” and it’s there.

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