Ep. 18: Jezebilicious...or Proper 6C / Ordinary 11C / Pentecost +4 


Episode 18 - Proper 6C / Ordinary 11C / Pentecost +4
Luke 7:36 - 8:3 and 1 Kings 21:1-21
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SHOW NOTES -  6/16/2013

Intro Music: Jezebel by Frankie Laine

Introduction: Episode 18 - Proper 6C / Ordinary 11C / Pentecost +4

Luke 7:36 - 8:3

1 Kings 21:1-21

Primary Scripture -– Luke 7:36 - 8:3 - Jesus eats with the Pharisee and the woman washes his feet with tears

  • Similar to Mary washing/anointing Jesus in John - but NOT THE SAME

  • Mary- anointing, extravagance, irrational generosity

  • Like the stories before this story is NOT about the woman (unlike Mary in John), but is about the Pharisee

  • Pharisee- God cannot endure the presence of sin

    • the exact opposite

    • Return of the King, “The dead do not suffer the living...” “You WILL suffer me”

  • Long debate for justification by faith or works (see v. 47a- how the Greek word “hoti” translated as hence is interpreted- how are grace and gratitude connected)

  • Jesus never gets caught in the battle of “faith v works.”  He just tells people to love, and let him worry about the rest.

  • Pharisee- forgiveness, arrogance, acknowledge our own sin.

    • Written to identify the woman as the sinner, but the subversive message of Jesus is that the Pharisees is just as much of a sinner.

    • Sin and Forgiveness are not quantifiable- they are.

      • We sin, we need forgiveness

      • If we claim to have less sin, then we receive less grace...who wants that?

Secondary scripture - 1 Kings 21:1-21 - The story of Naboth’s Vineyard

  • Palestinian Christianity - central theme

  • Being “chosen” means taking care of the foreigner as much as the widow and orphan

  • It is an irony of the human condition that power weakens those who are most eager to exploit it. - Carolyn Sharp Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary - Feasting on the Word – Year C, Volume 3: Pentecost and Season After Pentecost 1 (Propers 3-16).

  • A lot of parallels to David and Bathsheba (the thematic reading for today)

    • Corruptible power overcomes mercy and grace

    • King falls to greed and kills/ then steals what he covets

  • What is Power?

    • the ability to care for or the ability to dominate?

    • Total power corrupts totally

    • How does our view of power shape our view of God?

  • “Jezebel” is a name from the Bible that has transcended Scripture.  The name Jezebel has become synonymous with “Feminist,” as both an honor and an insult.

    • Emasculation, manipulation, power-hungry, God-loathing. OR

    • Strong, assertive, cunning.

  • “Jezebel Spirit” is used as a club against any woman that wants to take leadership, assert authority, or reveal talent, creativity. “Even so, when a woman in the church betrayed the slightest bit of leadership or giftings or callings, it became the quickest way to silence that feisty woman in question: accuse her of a Jezebel spirit. An unrelenting, power-hungry, manipulative spirit.” Sarah Bessey, author of “Jesus Feminist.”

  • Jezebel and Lady Macbeth - Female characters that have been re-envisioned by modern readers.

  • Phyllis Trible article

    • Jezebel=Woman, Foreign, Royal, Baal

    • Elijah=Man, Domestic, Prophet, Yahweh

  • She is the ideal CEO

    • hostile take over

    • what kind of power do we celebrate and reward?


TY: Opening music, Dick Dale and the Deltones, “Misirlou”

TY: Closing music,Paul and Storm, “Oh No”

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