Thursday 7 May 2020
Acts 13:13-25. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 88(89):2-3, 21, 22, 25, 27. John 13:16-20.
God has raised up one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour
Today’s psalm – ‘For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord’ captures the essence of the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Luke the evangelist is asserting for his readers – as Paul is reassuring his audience – that Jesus, the promised saviour, emerges firmly from the tradition so familiar to a Jewish congregation. In citing his lineage, Paul is situating both himself and Jesus within ‘the law and the prophets’. Paul recounts salvation history ‘highlights’, effectively reiterating God’s faithfulness through the ages to God’s people. It’s significant that the translation I used has the synagogue official using the word ‘exhortation’, which is derived from the Latin for ‘encourage’. Paul is encouraging his audience in Antioch (the first place in which Jesus’ disciples were called Christians) to see Jesus as the realisation of God’s age-old promises, the natural fulfilment of the stories that had sustained and distinguished the Chosen People always.Email this Print This Page