Today, we looked at Part 5 of SPIES: Social
Here is the note that we took:
Part 5: Social
Jesus teaches us to accept all persons because we are unique and made in the image of God.
Inclusion: Accepting people as equal and deserving of respect.
Exclusion: Not accepting people and treating them with a lack of respect.
When we include people they will feel:
When we exclude people they will feel:
Who will sit at the table?
- In Jesus’ time, the customs that went with banquets were quite formal, as they were a way to socialize
- Most banquets were social occasion for adult males. Women, children and slaves wre not invited or allowed to take part.
- Women, children and slaves had little or no social standing. They were nothing unless an audlt male chose to recognize them as something.
- When quests arrived they were led to a couch. The location of the couch was a sign of how important the quest was compared to other guests. The closer you were to the front, the more important you were.
- When seated, the servant would remove their sandals and wash their feet. This was a sign of honour and respect given to those of higher social standing.
- Only people of similar standing were invited. Only the purest of society were invited.
- If someone in high standing sat by someone of low social standing, they became unclean and impure.
- Jesus encouraged people to eat together without worrying about social divisions. Jesus ate with people from all walks of life. He was counter cultural.
Please make sure you complete the crossword. Answers will be posted tomorrow :)