Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Seventy Disciples & Table Fellowship

The following is from Arthur A. Just, The Ongoing Feast: Table Fellowship and Eschatology at Emmaus (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1993), 165.
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Luke 10:7-9, 17-20, 21-24

The instructions of Jesus to his seventy disciples in Luke 10:7-9 point out the continuity between table fellowship of Jesus and that of the disciples. Only Luke has the command to 'remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.' This may refer to table fellowship with those who are ritually unclean, i.e. do not go from house to house looking for food that is ritually uclean. In the same context they are told to heal the sick and say 'the kingdom of God has come near to you' (10:9). The kingdom of God is near in the ministry of the disciples because they bring with them the table fellowship of Jesus--his teaching, healing, and eating [ft. note: Marshall, the The Gospel of Luke, 421 suggests a parallel to 1 Corinthians 10:27 and the problem of Christian table fellowship with Gentiles.]. Luke 10:17-20 describes the success of the mission of the seventy in eschatological terms, and 10:21-24 seems to resemble Jewish wisdom sayings concerning eschatological secrets.

1 comment:

Greg Miller said...

Michael --- Just finished leading group in study of Revelation, using your Coming Soon commentary. It was great! Thanks so much. Two corollary questions arose:(1)Is the fact that "Michael" is the only angel named in Revelation among the dozens referenced, and that he is named in Chapter 12 after the reference to "the woman", a linkage by John to Genesis 3:5 (to be "like gods", Michael) as well as the obvious reference to Genesis 3:15 ("the woman" vs. the "nahash")? Is the "Fall of Man" in Gen.3 then linked with the "Fall of Angels" in Rev.12 by the interweaving of these texts? (2)You said that Christ's warrior priest apparel in Rev.1 evoked the idea of Jericho, where Israel saw spiritual warfare with earthly consequences. That insight seems to be an overlay for the rest of Revelation as well. That is, as at Jericho, so also in Revelation: the enemy's city (Babylon, Rome,etc.) is imposing in its earthly power; God's people (the martyrs' souls under the altar) must wait(a little while longer)(Rev.6); the Lord assembles His army (Rev.7)and sends (Rev.11)His "witnesses" (spies and messengers for the few 'Rahabs' there); finally, He brings about victory with "seven trumpets" and the Ark of the Covenant (Rev.8-11), followed by shouts of praise (Hallelujah chorus in Rev.19). Even the play on words concerning the "Lord's Day" and the "Day of the Lord" seems to relate here, in that the "Lord's Day" is the new covenant "7th Day" (Sabbath)on which the gathers us in "assembly" (ecclesia) before the Ark and the New Covenant to shout our praises in the spiritual warfare of the Mass, by which the babylons and jerichoes of every age are conquered by the King of Kings and Lord of lords! Is that reading too much into the Jericho parallels (?) or is it a proper corollary to your commentary?