Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

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If I Lose An Eye 041812

Today’s selection from Mark raises interesting questions, and makes me want to acknowledge our angels.

The Sadducees, who did not believe in resurrection, try to trick Jesus with a question about life after resurrection. Basically, if you’re married more than once, who will be your spouse in heaven. Some divorced people may claim if you are married to an ex-spouse in heave, it probably ain’t heaven.

It also reminds me of a pop song from ten years or so ago that asked if I get an eye poked out, will it be waiting for me in heaven.

Jesus tells us we will be like angels, and I’m not sure what that means, but Jesus and his audience apparently knew what angels were like.

Where are your angels today?

Pray for peace.

Bill

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Psalm 135

Isaiah 26:1-15

Mark 12:18-27

Psalm 135

1Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; give praise, O servants of the Lord,

2you that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.

3Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious.

4For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.

5For I know that the Lord is great; our Lord is above all gods.

6Whatever the Lord pleases he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

7He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth; he makes lightnings for the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

8He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both human beings and animals;

9he sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants.

10He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings—

11Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan—

12and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel.

13Your name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.

14For the Lord will vindicate his people, and have compassion on his servants.

15The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

16They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see;

17they have ears, but they do not hear, and there is no breath in their mouths.

18Those who make them and all who trust them shall become like them.

19O house of Israel, bless the Lord! O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!

20O house of Levi, bless the Lord! You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord!

21Blessed be the Lord from Zion, he who resides in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Isaiah 26:1-15

26On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; he sets up victory like walls and bulwarks. 2Open the gates, so that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. 3Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace— in peace because they trust in you. 4Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.

5For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height; the lofty city he lays low. He lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. 6The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy. 7The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. 8In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. 9My soul yearns for you in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10If favor is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness they deal perversely and do not see the majesty of the Lord. 11O Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.

12O Lord, you will ordain peace for us, for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us. 13O Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but we acknowledge your name alone. 14The dead do not live; shades do not rise— because you have punished and destroyed them, and wiped out all memory of them. 15But you have increased the nation, O Lord, you have increased the nation; you are glorified; you have enlarged all the borders of the land.

Mark 12:18-27

18Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, 19“Teacher, Moses wrote for us that ‘if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.’ 20There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; 21and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; 22none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. 23In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.”

24Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

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