It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night
Their ancestors had known slavery and freedom, had suffered a long journey through the wilderness, and fought battles to occupy the land that had been promised to them. Now, in their new home, they didn't recognize the help that the Lord had given them. They abandoned the ways of the Lord and adopted the ones of Canaan.
The results were bad. Then the Lord once again rescued them.
John Goldingay in Joshua, Judges & Ruth for Everyone lists three ways that distinguish God's choice of leaders: God is not bound by eldest-ism nor able-ism nor ethnocentrism. He cites Ehud as an example.
Jesus is aware of what is awaiting him in Jerusalem. He shares a passover supper with the apostles. He takes a loaf of bread, gives thanks, breaks it, and gives it to them, saying "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." We recognize these four steps and the words as part of our Christian eucharist each Sunday (or once a month, or maybe, quarterly).
They begin to dispute over who is the greatest. I hope this practice is not a weekly one in your congregation--or monthly or even quarterly.
Jesus predicts Peter's denial.
Jesus chose Peter knowing that Peter would have moments of failure.
Prayer for today: Choose a prayer from Joan Stott's website The Timeless Psalms.