Today’s Old Testament chronological reading is in Numbers 11 and 12.
The Psalms/ Proverbs reading is in Psalm 85.
The New Testament reading is in Luke 17.
Luke 17:5-19 Chiastic structure.
It is not glaringly evident from the structure, but the B pairs about thanksgiving have stuck in my head all morning. That is usually a sign that God is not done teaching me about them yet. In 1B, the Master does not thank his servant for doing what was commanded of him. In 2B, 1/10 of the healed lepers (the tithe holy to God?) returns and gives thanks to Yeshua for his healing.
So we have a comparison/ contrast teaching tool set up. In 1B, we have obligation. The servant was obliged to do his works. In 2B, we have grace. The lepers did not deserve anything, expect perhaps their leprosy, if the door was opened to it by an evil tongue (Miriam and leprosy lesson in Numbers 12). But they pleaded with Yeshua for mercy (central axis) and He extended mercy to them. And as a result of that grace, then glory was poured out to God.
So what is the lesson? God pays His dues (1B), but He is also the epitome of the ultimate Gift Giver (2B)!
Links to previous studies.
Numbers 11:1-12:16 Chiastic structure, and the true nature of complaints
Numbers 8:1-12:16 Chiastic structure
Psalm 85 Reverse parallelism
Luke 17, The kingdom of God is within you
Luke 17, As the days of Noah and Lot