It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Reflection on readings for June 20

On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
(Psalm 138:3)

1 Kings 22:1-53
When King Ahab of Israel asks King Jehoshaphat of Judah agrees to assist Israel in its resistance to Aram, he replies "My people are your people, my horses are your horses. But, Jehoshaphat requires that both kings first ask the prophets what the Lord wants them to do. When 400 prophets agree to the battle, Jehoshaphat asks if there is another prophet they can consult.

The king knew of one more, Micaiah, but warned that he always prophesied disaster. When summoned, Micaiah said that the Lord had put a lying spirit in the mouths of the other prophets and that Israel was going to have a disaster. They put him in prison and went to battle.

Ahab tells the king of Israel that he wants to disguise himself and go into battle with the army and that Jehoshaphat should wear the royal attire and be the leader of the army. The king of Aram told his army to fight only against Israel. They attacked Jehoshaphat thinking he was Ahab but turned back when they realized he wasn't. Ironically, King Ahab is killed by an archer who didn't know his true identity.

As Elijah had prophesied, the dogs licked up his blood.  His son Ahaziah succeeded him as king of Israel and, like his father and mother, did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.

Acts 13:16-41

Psalm 138:1-8
In times of comfort, remember what God has already done. Be grateful. In times of danger or despair, remember what God has already done and what God can do.

Proverbs 17:17-18
A friend loves at all times,
and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
It is senseless to give a pledge,
to become surety for a neighbor.

Prayer for Today: Pray Psalm 138.

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