Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

Like a Duck 031913

A female Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) with ...

A female Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) with its ducklings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moscow Zoo. Ruddy Shelduck (ducklings) (Tadorn...

Moscow Zoo. Ruddy Shelduck (ducklings) (Tadorna ferruginea) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ducklings

Ducklings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Tradewinds park, coconut Creek, Flori...

English: Tradewinds park, coconut Creek, Florida. Cairina moschata or Muscovy duck with ducklings. Originates from domesticated Muscovy ducks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Psalm 17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2017&version=MSG

 

Zechariah 3:1-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah%203:1-10&version=MSG

 

2 Peter 2:4-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Peter%202:4-21&version=MSG

 

Like a Duck 031913

Last weekend we went to a farm supply store to look for a few things. In Missouri, at least, farm stores have displays and areas set up with baby chickens, baby ducks, geese and turkeys. We have chickens, and will probably never again raise geese, since they chase the grandchildren and relieve themselves on the front porch, or turkeys, which are very vulnerable and of no use except for thanksgiving.

But the baby ducks, called ducklings, tempt me. They also are vulnerable to snapping turtles, eagles, owls, feral cats, foxes, coyotes, wild dogs, racoons, otter and sometimes possums. But when they are larger and swim in a flock they are a delight to watch.

And I realized that like a duck that knows the water well, but just is funny, sort of, on land, I’ve become a follower of Jesus that is acclimated to ????? What do I call it? Maybe I’ve become acclimated and used to other disciples of Christ.

I’d have to think about it, but it seems to me that this world is not something a disciple of Christ feels good to live in. I know the old hymn ‘I don’t feel at home/In this world any more’, From what hymn does that come? Which reflects sometimes my own feelings about this.

But we should not be run off so easily! God made this world, and just because it seems now like it is dominated by fallen angels, and probably each of us once was also ‘fallen’, we cannot sign away the whole earth to evil.

No, me and the duck belong here, despite all the weasels, racoons and snapping turtles all around. Take heart, and stand up. Protect those in need, and pray for peace,

Pastor Bill

The scriptures today can clarify my thoughts, pray and read in quiet and peace.

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Psalm 17

The Message (MSG)

A David Prayer

17 1-2 Listen while I build my case, God,
the most honest prayer you’ll ever hear.
Show the world I’m innocent—
in your heart you know I am.

3 Go ahead, examine me from inside out,
surprise me in the middle of the night—
You’ll find I’m just what I say I am.
My words don’t run loose.

4-5 I’m not trying to get my way
in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get your way,
your Word’s way.
I’m staying on your trail;
I’m putting one foot
In front of the other.
I’m not giving up.

6-7 I call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer.
So—answer! bend your ear! listen sharp!
Paint grace-graffiti on the fences;
take in your frightened children who
Are running from the neighborhood bullies
straight to you.

8-9 Keep your eye on me;
hide me under your cool wing feathers
From the wicked who are out to get me,
from mortal enemies closing in.

10-14 Their hearts are hard as nails,
their mouths blast hot air.
They are after me, nipping my heels,
determined to bring me down,
Lions ready to rip me apart,
young lions poised to pounce.
Up, God: beard them! break them!
By your sword, free me from their clutches;
Barehanded, God, break these mortals,
these flat-earth people who can’t think beyond today.

I’d like to see their bellies
swollen with famine food,
The weeds they’ve sown
harvested and baked into famine bread,
With second helpings for their children
and crusts for their babies to chew on.

15 And me? I plan on looking
you full in the face. When I get up,
I’ll see your full stature
and live heaven on earth.

Zechariah 3:1-10

The Message (MSG)

Fourth Vision: Joshua’s New Clothes

3 1-2 Next the Messenger-Angel showed me the high priest Joshua. He was standing before God’s Angel where the Accuser showed up to accuse him. Then God said to the Accuser, “I, God, rebuke you, Accuser! I rebuke you and choose Jerusalem. Surprise! Everything is going up in flames, but I reach in and pull out Jerusalem!”

3-4 Joshua, standing before the angel, was dressed in dirty clothes. The angel spoke to his attendants, “Get him out of those filthy clothes,” and then said to Joshua, “Look, I’ve stripped you of your sin and dressed you up in clean clothes.”

5 I spoke up and said, “How about a clean new turban for his head also?” And they did it—put a clean new turban on his head. Then they finished dressing him, with God’s Angel looking on.

6-7 God’s Angel then charged Joshua, “Orders from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: ‘If you live the way I tell you and remain obedient in my service, then you’ll make the decisions around here and oversee my affairs. And all my attendants standing here will be at your service.

8-9 “‘Careful, High Priest Joshua—both you and your friends sitting here with you, for your friends are in on this, too! Here’s what I’m doing next: I’m introducing my servant Branch. And note this: This stone that I’m placing before Joshua, a single stone with seven eyes’—Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies—‘I’ll engrave with these words: “I’ll strip this land of its filthy sin, all at once, in a single day.”

10 “‘At that time, everyone will get along with one another, with friendly visits across the fence, friendly visits on one another’s porches.’”

2 Peter 2:4-22

The Message (MSG)

4-5 God didn’t let the rebel angels off the hook, but jailed them in hell till Judgment Day. Neither did he let the ancient ungodly world off. He wiped it out with a flood, rescuing only eight people—Noah, the sole voice of righteousness, was one of them.

6-8 God decreed destruction for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. A mound of ashes was all that was left—grim warning to anyone bent on an ungodly life. But that good man Lot, driven nearly out of his mind by the sexual filth and perversity, was rescued. Surrounded by moral rot day after day after day, that righteous man was in constant torment.

9 So God knows how to rescue the godly from evil trials. And he knows how to hold the feet of the wicked to the fire until Judgment Day.

Predators on the Prowl

10-11 God is especially incensed against these “teachers” who live by lust, addicted to a filthy existence. They despise interference from true authority, preferring to indulge in self-rule. Insolent egotists, they don’t hesitate to speak evil against the most splendid of creatures. Even angels, their superiors in every way, wouldn’t think of throwing their weight around like that, trying to slander others before God.

12-14 These people are nothing but brute beasts, born in the wild, predators on the prowl. In the very act of bringing down others with their ignorant blasphemies, they themselves will be brought down, losers in the end. Their evil will boomerang on them. They’re so despicable and addicted to pleasure that they indulge in wild parties, carousing in broad daylight. They’re obsessed with adultery, compulsive in sin, seducing every vulnerable soul they come upon. Their specialty is greed, and they’re experts at it. Dead souls!

15-16 They’ve left the main road and are directionless, having taken the way of Balaam, son of Beor, the prophet who turned profiteer, a connoisseur of evil. But Balaam was stopped in his wayward tracks: A dumb animal spoke in a human voice and prevented the prophet’s craziness.

17-19 There’s nothing to these people—they’re dried-up fountains, storm-scattered clouds, headed for a black hole in hell. They are loudmouths, full of hot air, but still they’re dangerous. Men and women who have recently escaped from a deviant life are most susceptible to their brand of seduction. They promise these newcomers freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, for if they’re addicted to corruption—and they are—they’re enslaved.

20-22 If they’ve escaped from the slum of sin by experiencing our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ, and then slid back into that same old life again, they’re worse than if they had never left. Better not to have started out on the straight road to God than to start out and then turn back, repudiating the experience and the holy command. They prove the point of the proverbs, “A dog goes back to its own vomit” and “A scrubbed-up pig heads for the mud.”

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Comments on: "Like a Duck 031913" (1)

  1. Good counsel, Bill. Thanks.

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