July 28, 2013 Sunday
Morning scripture reading was Luke 7:1-10. This is where the centurion sent someone to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant. While Jesus is on his way, the centurion sends someone else to ask him not to come to his house, because he isn’t worthy. He asks Jesus to just say the words and his servant will be healed. “I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” Jesus is amazed at the man’s faith. I’ve always interpreted Jesus’ amazement in the context of the man’s understanding of hierarchical authority. However, today’s new insight takes me beyond that. A man’s understanding of hierarchical authority wouldn’t have been all that amazing. However, if you ask yourself the question, “To whom would Jesus have been speaking those authoritative words?” the man’s faith does become more amazing. There would have been no people there that could have gone and carried out Jesus’ healing commands. The words would have been spoken to someone unseen: one or more of the heavenly host. The man would have had to deduce not only that Jesus had the authority, but that there were unseen servants who would come and go and carry out His commands. Further, he would have to deduce that those servants would have the resources to bring about the needed healing. That would be some amazing faith!
A large part of today was spent waiting for the people occupying our next campsite to move out. (Our reservation for Saturday night was for one site, and our reservation for the next four nights was on a different site – due to limited availability.) The new campsite was a big upgrade: waterfront, much bigger, and more private. After we moved, I took a spin in the kayak on Priest Lake. We can keep the kayak on the shore, right on our site (site #41 at Seven Points Campground).
In the evening we went to Nashville and I joined in on a bluegrass jam at the Station Inn.