Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, March 11, 2012, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Posted each Thursday, Lectionary Ruminations focuses on the Scripture Readings, taken from the New Revised Standard Version, for the following Sunday per the Revised Common Lectionary. Comments and questions are intended to encourage reflection for readers preparing to teach, preach, or hear the Word. Reader comments are invited and encouraged. All lectionary links are to the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible via the PC(USA) Devotions and Readings website, but if you prefer another translation, feel free to use that instead. (Other references may be linked to the NRSV via the oremus Bible Browser.) 


v. 1 How does God speak if God does not have a physical body with vocal chords?

v. 2 Do other people have another god?

v. 3 Can we have other gods after God? Lesser gods after God?

v. 4 With all due respect to Plato, what would the form of something in heaven look like?  Is there any place other than heaven above, earth below, or water under the earth?

v. 5 God experiences emotions?  Would God not punish to the fifth generation? 

v. 7 What is rightful use  of God’s name?

v. 8 How do Christians justify worshiping on Sunday rather than Saturday?

v. 12 How do children honor parents?  Is this the only word out of the ten that comes with a 
cause and effect  promise?

v. 13 What is murder?

v. 15 Define theft.

v. 16 Is it permissible to bear false witness against someone who is not your neighbor?

v.17 Does it bother you that this word seems to categorize a wife as a piece of property?

v. 1 How do the heavens speak?  Is there any difference between the heavens and the firmament?  Is the Glory of God the same as God’s handiwork?

vs. 2-4d What do you make of these verses?  What are they saying? 

v. 4c Do these verses presume a pre-Copernican universe?

vs. 7-9 How many synonyms do you see for “law”? Is ”fear” in anyway a synonym for” law”?

v. 10 At the close of the market on March 7, 2012, Gold was trading for $1,683.30 an ounce.  How sweet is honey?  Was there any other known sweetener at the time of the psalmist?

v. 11 What is the reward?  Does this verse lead to works righteousness?

v. 12 Do not forget the advice of the oracle at Delphi.  Know thyself.

v. 13 Who are the insolent?

v. 14 Pet Peeve Alert!  This is not a Prayer for Illumination.  Displays of personal piety by praying a personal prayer aloud have no place in the lectern or pulpit before preaching or the classroom before teaching. If you want to pray this silently before you preach or teach, fine, but I do not want to hear you pray aloud for yourself.

v. 1 How is the message of the cross foolishness?

v. 19 Where is this written?

v. 20 Who is the one who is wise?  Certainly not Socrates! Who is the debater of this age.  Was 
Paul erecting a straw opponent or might he have had someone specific in mind?

v. 22 And how shall we read John’s book of signs in light of verse and argument?  What is wrong with wisdom?

v.25 God is foolish and weak?

vs. 18-25 Pay particular attention to the various chiastic literary structures of Paul’s argument

v.13 What does it mean to go “up” to Jerusalem?

v. 14 Why would anyone sell cattle, sheep or doves in the temple?  Why were money changers presentin the temple?

v. 15 Did Jesus drive out only the sheep and the cattle?

v. 16 What is wrong with God’s house being a marketplace?

v. 17 Where is this written?

v. 18 See 1 Corinthians 1:22

v. 21 Does this verse add to or detract from the account?

v.22 What was it about the resurrection that reminded the disciples about anything Jesus said?  What “scripture”?

ADDENDUM
In addition to serving as the half time Pastor of North Church Queens and writing Lectionary Ruminations, I also tutor part time.  If you or someone you know needs a tutor, or if you would like to be a tutor, check out my WyzAnt  page and follow the appropriate links. 

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