Sunday, May 31, 2015
Lectionary Ruminations 2.0 for Sunday, June 7, 2015, the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Lectionary Ruminations 2.0 is a revised continuation of Lectionary Ruminations. Focusing on The Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday from New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible, Lectionary Ruminations 2.0 draws on nearly thirty years of pastoral experience. Believing that the questions we ask are often more important than any answers we find, without overreliance on commentaries I intend with comments and questions to encourage reflection and rumination for readers preparing to teach, preach, or hear the Word. Reader comments are invited and encouraged. All lectionary links are to the via the PC(USA) Devotions and Readings website.
8:4-20, 11:14-15 This is a very long reading if one includes all the verses. I do not see what is really added by including 11:14-15, so my ruminations focus on 8:4-20.
8:4 Who are the elders of Israel? Why was Samuel at Ramah?
8:5 What did the elders mean when saying “your sons do not follow in your ways”? Were the elders experiencing Kingness envy?
8:6 Why did the elder’s request displease Samuel?
8:8 Some people do not change.
8:9 Some things do not change. Is this foresight or hindsight?
8:10 I wonder how Samuel did this.
8:11 The first military draft?
8:12 This sounds like REALLY big government.
8:13 Forget military conscription, this is sounding like slavery.
8:14 This sounds like eminent domain?
8:15 The first tax?
8:16 This is getting out of control.
8:17 Did the LORD lead the people out of slavery so that they could be slaves under their own king?
8:18 Why will the LORD not answer?
8:19 Of course the people did not listen to Samuel. People hardly ever listen to a prophet. But by not listening to Samuel, were they also not listening to God?
8:20 Why such a desire to be lie other nations?
8:11-20 How do American Christians hear these verses as candidates for President from both the left and the right, Republicans as well as Democrats, start announcing and campaigning for the next election??
138:1 What “gods”?
138:2 What direction do you face when you give thanks to the LORD?
138:3 What does a soul with increased strength feel like?
138:4 All the kings of the earth shall praise the LORD? Who is this psalmist kidding? In light of the First Reading the Psalmist ought to be happy if the King of Israel praises the LORD.
138:5 What does it mean to sing of the ways of the LORD?
138:6 Who are the lowley and who are the haughty?
138:7 What is the symbolic meaning of God’s right hand (other than discrimination against left handed people)?
138:8 To whom is this verse addressed?
4:13 Where does “I believed, and so I spoke” come from?
4:14 How do know this?
4:15 Does this “your” refer to only Christians in Corinth or to a larger group?
4:16 What is the outer nature and what is the inner nature?
4:17 What is the “slight momentary affliction” to which Paul refers?
4:18 How do we look at things that cannot be seen? I want to default to Plato’s forms here.
4:19 If Paul had been of a trade other than tentmaker, would he have employed a different metaphor? Is Paul alluding to the Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting?
3:20 When was the crown together before now? Who could not eat?
3:21 Whose family?Why would people be saying this?
3:22 Why did scribes come down from Jerusalem? Who, or what, is Beelzebul?
3:23 How did we get from Beelzebul to Satan?
3:24-25 Who does Jesus think he is, Abraham Lincoln? Did President Lincoln take this verse out of context when he used it to critique the Civil War?
3:26 Can Satan be divided?
3:27 What about waiting until the strong man is not around?
3:28 What is the difference between sins and blasphemies?
3:29 What is “blasphemy” against the Holy Spirit and why does Jesus say this? Theologically speaking, can there really be an unforgivable, eternal sin if God chooses to forgive it?
3:30 What is an unclean spirit?
3:31 What bothers?
3:32 What sisters?
3:33 Is this a rhetorical question?
3:34-35 What sort of family values are being demonstrated here?