Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

English: Streetwalker by moonlight

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Acts of the Apostles, Waltham Abbey

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Questioning Our Loyalty 011713


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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 36:5-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2036:5-10&version=MSG


Jeremiah 3:1-5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%203:1-5&version=MSG


Acts 8:18-24 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%208:18-24&version=MSG


Questioning Our Loyalty 011713


We may sometimes find ourselves in the position of questioning someone’s loyalty, even though we humbly have no right or license to do so.


But today’s scriptures are different and more severe. In Jeremiah 3 our loyalty to God is questioned. One’s first thoughts when trying to apply these verses to our contemporary world, which is always our intent when we read any ancient document, is that with so much access to information by way of the internet and other sources we can easily jump ‘god to god’, and stray from God, so that our loyalty is questionable.


This is not just a situation of people learning about other religions, or studying comparative religion. Instead, the problem could be, that, like a streetwalker, one never fully commits to any religion, and possible never commits to any person as well.


So, what I see possible, is that Jeremiah speaks to us now by questioning our commitment. Are we committed totally to God and to Jesus? Or do we try to practice three or four creeds at once, like a person that seriously dates 3 or 4 people, but never is really serious about anyone? Jeremiah complains about promiscuity. Our lack of loyalty and commitment.


Think about it, and us know what you think.

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Psalm 36:5-10

Jeremiah 3:1-5

Acts 8:18-24


Psalm 36:5-12

The Message (MSG)

5-6 God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.

7-9 How exquisite your love, O God!
How eager we are to run under your wings,
To eat our fill at the banquet you spread
as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.
You’re a fountain of cascading light,
and you open our eyes to light.

10-12 Keep on loving your friends;
do your work in welcoming hearts.
Don’t let the bullies kick me around,
the moral midgets slap me down.
Send the upstarts sprawling
flat on their faces in the mud.

Jeremiah 3:1-5

The Message (MSG)

Your Sex-and-Religion Obsessions

3 God’s Message came to me as follows:

“If a man’s wife
walks out on him
And marries another man,
can he take her back as if nothing had happened?
Wouldn’t that raise a huge stink
in the land?
And isn’t that what you’ve done—
‘whored’ your way with god after god?
And now you want to come back as if nothing had happened.”
God’s Decree.

2-5 “Look around at the hills.
Where have you not had sex?
You’ve camped out like hunters stalking deer.
You’ve solicited many lover-gods,
Like a streetwalking whore
chasing after other gods.
And so the rain has stopped.
No more rain from the skies!
But it doesn’t even faze you. Brazen as whores,
you carry on as if you’ve done nothing wrong.
Then you have the nerve to call out, ‘My father!
You took care of me when I was a child. Why not now?
Are you going to keep up your anger nonstop?’
That’s your line. Meanwhile you keep sinning nonstop.”

Acts 8:18-24

The Message (MSG)

18-19 When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said, “Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!”

20-23 Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.”

24 “Oh!” said Simon, “pray for me! Pray to the Master that nothing like that will ever happen to me!”



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