[Uucf-bible] this week's lectionary readings and commentary
RevRonRobinson at aol.com
RevRonRobinson at aol.com
Thu Jan 29 12:35:16 EST 2009
Hi all. Thought I would pass along the readings for this week's lectionary
selections, plus some of my notes on them I will be using at my bible study
tomorrow at All Souls Church in Tulsa. I will be prefacing some of it with
comments and a video selection from John Dominic Crossan about "God's Great
Cleanup", his way of phrasing the messianic hopes of both the people of Israel and
particularly those Jews and others who found that hope expressed in and by
and through Jesus.
Enjoy, reflect, respond, look forward to commentary by others.
Also if you would like to help lead our sharing in this forum this year,
drop me a line off the list; I am always looking for those who can cut and paste
lectionary readings to our online community as often as possible; different
people take one month of the year would help.
thanks and blessings, _RevRonRobinson at aol.com_
(mailto:RevRonRobinson at aol.com)
God’s Great Cleanup and Lectionary Readings For Jan. 25
_www.textweek.com_ (http://www.textweek.com/) and John Dominic Crossan on
God’s Great Cleanup—Justification of the world, here and now; started
already and coming soon---Hope for Future and Action Now; can it happen without
God? No. Can it happen only by God? No.
Jonah 3:1-10: Great story guiding our Universalist history. Epiphany the
season for stories about callings, discernment, starting anew, refreshed.
3The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to
Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”
3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now
Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah
began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days
more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and
everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. 6When the news reached the king of
Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with
sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7Then he had a proclamation made in Nineveh: “By the
decree of the king and his nobles: No human being or animal, no herd or flock,
shall taste anything. They shall not feed, nor shall they drink water. 8Human
beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry
mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is
in their hands. 9Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn
from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish.” 10When God saw what they
did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the
calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
The rest of the story: Jonah’s anger at God for repenting, changing mind…
openness; whose side is God on? Those seeking liberation, transformation,
1For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2He
alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken. 3How
long will you assail a person, will you batter your victim, all of you, as
you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 4Their only plan is to bring down
a person of prominence. They take pleasure in falsehood; they bless with
their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah 5For God alone my soul waits in
silence, for my hope is from him. 6He alone is my rock and my salvation, my
fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my
mighty rock, my refuge is in God. 8Trust in him at all times, O people; pour
out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 9Those of low estate
are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they
go up; they are together lighter than a breath. 10Put no confidence in
extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your
heart on them. 11Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power
belongs to God, 12and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all
according to their work
God’s Infinite Wisdom vs. Human Finite Wisdom---paradox of God being in
charge, but needing/willing human cooperation. What kind of power does God have?
Power over or Power With?
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
29I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now
on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30and those
who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though
they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions,
31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it.
For the present form of this world is passing away.
Living as if another world is not only possible, but is here and is just
around the corner; isn’t the present form of this world always passing away? If
so, where then do we put our ultimate confidence? First things first; seek
the blessed community, let it define you not your marital status, your
emotional state, your possessions and seeking, or your jobs and ways you deal with
the world…seek how God is in and coming into your life, world, let it define
who you are, what you do, where and how you live.
14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good
news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has
come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus passed along
the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the
sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I
will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and
followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his
brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he
called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men,
and followed him.
Not Caeser’s good news, but God’s. “We are the ones we have been waiting
for?” Change, believe; no more excuses or rationalizations. Let go your
occupations, your divergences, and know that there are people adrift in the drowning
seas of their lives, in need of those who would catch them. Note again Jesus’
call was not based on reasoning with them, on convincing them by a test of
logic or persuasion or creed; but he was on a mission, a presence, complete
breaking with their status quo; the fictive family of God’s family begins.
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