Jesus presents three powerful teachings in six verses. In the first half, he admonishes us to confront with love a brother who is doing wrong against us. In verse 18, the Lord repeats what he said to Peter about the connection between heaven and earth in binding demons and loosening them from people. The last two verses celebrate the power of “two against one,” the one in question being Satan who comes against God’s people in sickness, disease, and strife. Praying in agreement with another brings the power of the witness of two against the one source of evil. While speaking about two, Jesus adds the third teaching in verse 20, also rendered as “gathered in my name.”
How does your life measure itself against these standards of the Lord?
What are these?
Seeking to be reconciled v. 15ff
Bound on earth, bound in heaven v. 18
Joined together in praying v. 19
Gathered in the name of Christ v. 20
This is the second of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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