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.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Reflection on the readings for November 1

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty.
(Psalm 104:1)

Ezekiel 1:1-3:14 
The Lord appeared to Ezekiel in a dramatic fashion (aside: note similarities to Revelation 4). The Lord needs to get Ezekiel's attention because the task he is being asked to do is difficult. He is to go to a people who have stubbornly refused to do what the Lord wanted them to do. Moreover, they are likely not to listen this time either, but preach to them anyway.

Hebrews 3:1-19
Your sins can bring harm to you.

Psalm 104:1-23
Psalm 104 is an affirmation of God's greatness. As we read it, we can hear echoes of the creation story in Genesis. God is clothed in glory. God is the source and implementor of all. God has established the earth and done it in such a way that it shall never totter. God uses creation--the winds, the waters, the mountains and valleys.

Proverbs 26:24-26
An enemy dissembles in speaking while harboring deceit within;
when an enemy speaks graciously, do not believe it,
for there are seven abominations concealed within;
though hatred is covered with guile,
the enemy's wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Prayer for Today: O Lord, keep us aware of your presence in our lives. Strengthen our will to carry out those tasks that you have assigned to us. Forgive us for our commissions and our omissions. Amen.

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