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A Lot of Incense 101612

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Today’s Scriptures Click the following links to read today’s scriptures or scroll to the very bottom of this blog post for those scriptures also. Lectionary Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/


Psalm 26 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2026&version=MSG

Obadiah 10-16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Obadiah%201:10-16&version=MSG

Revelation 8:1-5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%208:1-5&version=MSG


A Lot of Incense 101612


Upon reading the scripture from Revelation selected for today, it strikes me that the imagery in this book, as well as throughout the Old and New Testaments is deeply set within modern culture, and in particular the culture of the Americas and Europe, as well as Australia, and much of Asia and Africa.


That the angel was given a great quantity of incense so that the prayers of the multitude could be offered up, on the wafting smoke of incense.


All this happens on the breaking of the Seventh Seal, and if my memory serves me right there was an old movie called The Seventh Seal and also a rock n’ roll song. The images are strong.


And do you ever light a candle and light incense before you meditate and pray? It is something Christians and Jews (and also Hindus, Buddhists and others ) We’re in good company with the wild images of Revelation.


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Psalm 26

Obadiah 10-16



Psalm 26

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

26 Clear my name, God;
I’ve kept an honest shop.
I’ve thrown in my lot with you, God, and
I’m not budging.

2     Examine me, God, from head to foot,
order your battery of tests.
Make sure I’m fit
inside and out

3     So I never lose
sight of your love,
But keep in step with you,
never missing a beat.

4-5     I don’t hang out with tricksters,
I don’t pal around with thugs;
I hate that pack of gangsters,
I don’t deal with double-dealers.

6-7     I scrub my hands with purest soap,
then join hands with the others in the great circle,
dancing around your altar, God,
Singing God-songs at the top of my lungs,
telling God-stories.

8-10     God, I love living with you;
your house glows with your glory.
When it’s time for spring cleaning,
don’t sweep me out with the quacks and crooks,
Men with bags of dirty tricks,
women with purses stuffed with bribe-money.

11-12     You know I’ve been aboveboard with you;
now be aboveboard with me.
I’m on the level with you, God;
I bless you every chance I get.

Obadiah 10-16

The Message (MSG)

Your World Will Collapse

15-18 “God’s Judgment Day is near
for all the godless nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you.
What you did will boomerang back
and hit your own head.
Just as you partied on my holy mountain,
all the godless nations will drink God’s wrath.
They’ll drink and drink and drink—
they’ll drink themselves to death.
But not so on Mount Zion—there’s respite there!
a safe and holy place!
The family of Jacob will take back their possessions
from those who took them from them.
That’s when the family of Jacob will catch fire,
the family of Joseph become fierce flame,
while the family of Esau will be straw.
Esau will go up in flames,
nothing left of Esau but a pile of ashes.”
God said it, and it is so.

Revelation 8:1-5

The Message (MSG)

8 When the Lamb ripped off the seventh seal, Heaven fell quiet— complete silence for about half an hour.

Blowing the Trumpets

2-4 I saw the Seven Angels who are always in readiness before God handed seven trumpets. Then another Angel, carrying a gold censer, came and stood at the Altar. He was given a great quantity of incense so that he could offer up the prayers of all the holy people of God on the Golden Altar before the Throne. Smoke billowed up from the incense-laced prayers of the holy ones, rose before God from the hand of the Angel.

5 Then the Angel filled the censer with fire from the Altar and heaved it to earth. It set off thunders, voices, lightnings, and an earthquake.



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