Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lectionary Ruminations for Sunday, March 25, 2012, the Fifth 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. 31 Why does Jeremiah write about coming days rather than a new age? Why the twin construction “Israel” and ”Judah”?

v. 32 God is a husband?

v. 33 How does God put a law in a person?  How does God write on the heart?

v. 34 Note that God is the agent of divine knowledge, not people.

vs. 1, 2 and 3 Here are examples of Hebrew poetic parallelism.  Are steadfast love and abundant mercy the same thing?

v. 5 If this is not a proof text for original sin, what is it?

v. 6 What is a secret heart?

v. 7 What is hyssop and how does it purge?

v. 8 God has crushed bones?

v. 9 What is the meaning of “Hide your face”?

v. 10 Does having a clean heart mean having a new and right spirit?

vs. 10-11 Is a holy spirit the sane as a new and right spirit? I think we misread this Hebrew Psalm if we bring to it our Christian Trinitarian theology.

v. 12 what is a willing spirit?

v. 5 When did Christ become a high priest? What are the functions of a high priest?  Where have we heard this quote before?

v. 6 Where is this other place?  Who is Melchizedeck and what is the order of Melchizedek?

v. 7 What is the difference between “prayers” and “supplications”?

v. 8 Was learning obedience the purpose of Christ’s suffering?

v.9 How was Christ made perfect?  What is the theological difference between being perfect from before creation and being made perfect at some later time?

v. 20 What festival?  Who are the Greeks?

v. 21 Who was Philip?  Does his home town matter?  What are the possible meanings of “see”?

v. 22 Why did Philip go and tell Andrew?

v. 23 What hour has come?  Who is the son of man?  What does it mean to be glorified?

v. 24 Why does Jesus often introduce sayings with “Very truly”?  Would Jesus ever not speak truly?

v. 27 Why is Jesus’ soul troubled?

v. 28 Is the voice for the benefit of Jesus or the benefit of the crowd standing  there?

v. 29 Why would some hear thunder and others hear the voice of angels? Do angels speaking sound like thunder?

v. 30 I guess Jesus answered my question for verse28.

v. 31 Has the world already been judged? Who is (or was) the ruler of this world?

v. 32 What is Jesus speaking about, his crucifixion? His ascension?  Both? Something else altogether?

v. 33 Once again, Jesus answers my question.

ADDENDUM
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