Re:Verse passage – Mark 2:23-28 (day three)
“Have you never read…?”
If ever there were an argument for free and unfettered access to the scriptures for all, this is it. The scriptures said what the Pharisees said it said. Jesus opened that lockbox right up. In the hearing of everyone, he posed questions that circumvented the Pharisees’ preferred interpretations. Of course, many people couldn’t read anyway, and that reality presented an opportunity for the powerful to build a worldview on the backs of the powerless. Nonetheless, Jesus’s questions required people to think for themselves, which took power away from the religious establishment. There will always be people – laity and clergy – who will interpret the scriptures in unhelpful ways. Peter says as much in his second epistle. But the Bible is best read in communities where everyone has a voice so that we can all teach one another.