2 Samuel 7:1-14a, Ephesian 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34 and 53-56 are all up for discussion this week. We revisit the covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7, a covenant of an everlasting throne for David and one that lies behind Jewish understandings of Messiah as standing in the royal line of David. When Jesus is called a “son of David” it is this covenant being evoked.
Ephesians 2:11-22 continues the theme of unity, but this time with an emphasis on peace between those who are different. It is a peace that is both spiritual and political. The passages from Mark 6 frame the feeding of the 5000 story and highlight the combined ministry and teaching and healing – word and deed together embody Jesus’ compassion.