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, February 7, 2015

Sirach 47-49

The hymn to their ancestors continue. Nathan gets a sentence for prophesying David, who then gets a very positive description, "As far apart is fat set from the offering of well-being is he set apart from the Israelites." I looked this up in Exodus 29:10-14 and Leviticus 4:8-13. Further, David is commended for his poetry, his contributions to worship, and his many, mighty deeds, including wiping out the Philistines (no mention of his fighting on their side at one time, (1 Samuel 27). In any case, we are told that the Lord took away his sins.

The next famous men, Solomon and his sons, Rehoboam and Jeroboam, committed sins. The prophets Elijah, Elisha, Hezekiah, and Isaiah tried to get the people to hear what the Lord wanted them to do.

Also perceived favorably is a king, Josiah.

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