Are You a Man or a Sheep? (Lectionary Texts for Sunday, April 21, 2013)

Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)

Gospel

John 10:22-30
The Temple in Jerusalem has been dedicated. Jesus is in the temple and some Jewish people there ask him to be straight with them about whether or not he is the Messiah. He says they won’t believe him anyway, but that he is. He uses the sheep/shepherd image to symbolize the relationship between him and his believers.

First Reading

Acts 9:36-43
Peter is in Joppa and raises Tabitha (AKA, Dorcas) from the dead. Upon seeing her alive, her loved ones and mourners became believers in the God Peter was telling everyone about.

Psalm

Psalm 23
A psalm written by King David. By trade, he was a shepherd, and in this poem, God is humanity’s shepherd. When tough times come, those who look for God, he says, will find what they’re looking for.

Second Reading

Revelation 7:9-17
The Lamb of God (i.e., Jesus) is the shepherd to humanity. People from all nations have come through great trials and worship God and Jesus because Jesus has afforded them a way out of their earthly struggles and suffering. 

 

WTF? (Breaking down scripture in plain language) 

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