[Uucf-bible] Other readings this week
Erika Noll Webb
erikanollwebb at comcast.net
Tue Aug 8 15:28:01 EDT 2006
I thought I would pitch in a few more of the lectionary readings this week.
The first is from John, and eloquently referred to by my Mother-in-Law on
our last visit with a finger raised to the Heavens as she exclaimed "Only
through Him". It was some conversation about whether anyone non-Christian
could be saved, and she was responding with the Johnian view of salvation
only through Jesus Christ--the very argument that keeps me in the "Follower
of Jesus" not "Christian" camp. =) However, I like the bread metaphor
anyway, even though John is my least favorite of the Gospels. We often sing
during communion a Taize-like song based on the first line. The second I
picked because it is the joyful type of Psalm that I like. I like the "O
taste and see that the LORD is good" of the last line--I'm not sure why
"taste" get dropped in here, but it seems to fit nicely with the Bread of
Life from John.
John 6:35, 41-51
6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will
never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
6:41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, "I am the
bread that came down from heaven."
6:42 They were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father
and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"
6:43 Jesus answered them, "Do not complain among yourselves.
6:44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I
will raise that person up on the last day.
6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.'
Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.
6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he
has seen the Father.
6:47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.
6:48 I am the bread of life.
6:49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
6:50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of
it and not die.
6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this
bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the
world is my flesh."
34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in
34:2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my
34:5 Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
34:6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD, and was saved from
34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers
34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge
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