1 There were some present at that very time who told him [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."So you can help me by answering any one of the following questions (or making any other comment you desire):
- Does this text speak to your soul? Your heart? Your life? Tell us about that.
- Is Jesus being insensitive? Should he go an re-read Job (You know, just sit with people in their innocent suffering, rather than speak up.)
- Would Jesus be 'roasted' by today's media for making even the smallest link between a tower falling and the need to turn to God?
- What do you think his hearers were expecting Jesus to actually say?
- Is there a relationship between Suffering and Repentance? Does the modern church make that link? Why or why not?
- Is the 'perishing' an eschatological word about Hell? Or is it about the Fall of Jerusalem? Would it make a difference?
- Is there a relationship between V1-5 and V6-9?
- Is this good news, or bad news?
- How would you structure a sermon?