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.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Reflection on readings for August 17

All my bones shall say,
"O Lord, who is like you?
You deliver the weak
     from those too strong for them,
the weak and needy 
    from those who despoil them."
(Psalm 35:10)

Nehemiah 12:27-13:31
Ceremony for dedication of the wall. Responsibilities for the temple assigned. Expulsion of foreigners. Some misappropriation was discovered and dealt with. Blue laws instituted. Marriage eligibility restricted.

1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Women must have long hair and must have covered heads in worship services. Men must not wear hats in worship. We seem to be able to adopt our modern customs in contradiction of the rules that Paul clearly set out. How do we decide which rules must be followed and which ones can be modified or even ignored?

Psalm 35:1-16
Bad people can do bad things to good people. This psalm asks God to handle redress.

Proverbs 21:17-18
Whoever loves pleasure will suffer want;
whoever loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Prayer for Today: O Lord, help us to sort through all the requirements and prohibitions in the Bible and live out the ones you consider appropriate for our time and place. Amen.

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