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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Reflection on readings for July 14

O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart,
you will incline your ear
to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.
(Psalm 10:17-18)

1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
1 and 2 Chronicles were written to people who now that they had been released from exile were looking back at what had led to their loss and to their restoration. Today's passage describes David's wish to have a house built for the ark. The prophet Nathan told him that God didn't want that. Instead God was going to do the house building; that is, the family of David.

David responded with a prayer recognizing the power and singularity of God and asking for continued blessing.

David then won several battles extending the kingdom.

Romans 2:1-24
Those who have sinned themselves really don't have the right to judge others. Those who have repented really ought to recognize that other sinners are capable of repenting, too. Those who have been taught what God wants us to do should go ahead and do it.

Psalm 10:16-18
Asserting that the Lord will do justice for the orphan and the oppressed in no way means that we aren't required to do something for them ourselves.

Proverbs 19:8-9
To get wisdom is to love oneself;
to keep understanding is to prosper.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and the liar will perish.

Prayer for Today: O Lord our God, forgive us for our sins. Restore us to faithfulness. Amen.

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