Life and Death Decisions (Lectionary Study for July 7, 2013)

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

First Reading
2 Kings 5:1-14
Naaman is a great warrior for King Aram but he suffers from leprosy.  Elisha invites Naaman to his house in order to be healed.  When Naaman gets there Elisha sends a servant felt tells him to bathe himself seven times in the river Jordan. Naaman is offended that Elisha doesn’t come out in person and almost goes home. But his servant convinces him to follow through on what Elisha has told him to do, and he is healed.

and

Isaiah 66:10-14
Israel is described as offering the nourishment and comfort of a nursing mother. Isaiah assures the people of Israel that they will be protected and cared for as the chosen people of God.

Gospel
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
70 evangelists are sent to all corners of the region to share the news of the gospel. They are encouraged to take nothing with them, but rather to go in shape and depend on the hospitality of those they encounter. They are urged to stay as long as they are welcome, but to shake the dust off of their sandals and move on if they are not welcome. The evangelists report back in amazement that even demons submit to them, but they are warned not to rejoice in their own power but rather in the assurance that they will be with God in paradise.

Psalm
Psalm 30
This is a song of praise in four parts that was offered at the dedication of the Temple of David. He offers praise to God for being delivered from death, and although there are dark times, they do not compare to the joyful ones.

and

Psalm 66:1-9
This is another song of praise that seems to be referencing the deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. It mentions the parting of the Dead Sea that also harkens back to the parting of the Jordan River in our recent study.

Second Reading
Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16
Paul warns the Christians in Galatia to be gentle in dealing with people who sin. He reminds them that each person must ultimately be responsible for themselves and that, although we support one another, we can’t fix one another. He goes on to remind them to stay focused on matters of the spirit rather than those of the flesh. Placing value in matters of the flesh leads only to death, he says. And the only path to real life is to stay focused on matters of the spirit.

 

WTF? (Breaking down scripture in plain language)

Circumcision – We all know that circumcision is, often do not understand the religious basis for it. 

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