Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagoni...

Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagonist of John Milton’s Paradise Lost c. 1866 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Satan as Antichrist

English: Satan as Antichrist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SATAN

SATAN (Photo credit: lori_la_tortuga)

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WWSD—What Would Satan Do 042713

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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 148 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20148&version=MSG

Daniel 7:27 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel%207:27&version=MSG

Revelation 11:16-19 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2011:16-19&version=MSG

 WWSD—What Would Satan Do 042713

 As with many of my readers of this blog, I read, or try to read, across a wide range of topics. In addition to the Bible, and several theological and church-oriented books, I particularly enjoy reading history.  This past week I’ve been reading Goldhagen’s ‘Hitler’s Willing Executioners’, an intense and emotional discussion of how ordinary Germans (not Nazis, police, military, SS, etc) were the killers of millions of Jews, intellectuals, Socialists, Communists, gays, retarded persons and so on. Some writers assert that 6,000,000 Jews were killed; others say 9,000,000. Apparently no one was counting.

 Exactly how an ordinary German person could pick up a handgun, escort their neighbors of decades to the edge of town, then shoot mamma, papa and each child of the family in the head. The killer would have had to hear the screams, the pleas of the parents for the lives of their children, and would have to watch the aftermath—the blood, the bodies falling suddenly to the ground.

 The possible reasons, or excuses for doing this include the familiar excuses, such as that many were forced to act this way and to kill for fear of their own lives. A less familiar excuse is that evil is a large,complex system and that more and more, each human being is such a small part of the larger system that one person can never even see or understand the large system. We are small cogs in the system, it is said, and we can’t see or understand or control a very large system, even though we are part of it.

 Sometimes liberal, left wing Christians such as myself object to the personalization of evil as the devil, or as Satan or Beelzebub, or as Damian, etc. But all theologians are guilty of characterizing everything we think of in the way that it best suits our arguments and lines of thinking.

And in this case, maybe I should speak of evil, as Evil, as the fallen angel named Satan.

 We could then see Satan as responsible for the ‘large system’, and the one people are involved with when large scale evil is committed. Anytime we say ‘it’s the large system that is responsible’, we could as well say ‘Satan did it!’ In fact, we could print thousands of bumper stickers that say ‘What Would Satan Do? ’ Unwittingly, unknowingly have we become Satan’s handmaidens by not looking at this large system?

 Many will claim that the system of the world is large, is very complex, is deceptive. But is Satan so smart, so complex and deceptive that we cannot look into the connections of what we do. Did God not make us  with, in addition to the capacity to sin, the capacity to understand and see the evil in the world and our part in it? Is Satan the smartest one in the room?

 In particular, I think Satan and a large system are behind climate change and behind the absolute destruction and waste of the entire world ecosystem. Can we do what Jesus would have us do, and stop Satan, or will God’s humanity die at the hands of themselves, as Satan desires?

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Pastor Bill

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Psalm 148

The Message (MSG)

148 1-5 Hallelujah!
Praise God from heaven,
    praise him from the mountaintops;
Praise him, all you his angels,
    praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon,
    praise him, you morning stars;
Praise him, high heaven,
    praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God
    he spoke the word, and there they were!

He set them in place
    from all time to eternity;
He gave his orders,
    and that’s it!

7-12 Praise God from earth,
    you sea dragons, you fathomless ocean deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and ice,
    hurricanes obeying his orders;
Mountains and all hills,
    apple orchards and cedar forests;
Wild beasts and herds of cattle,
    snakes, and birds in flight;
Earth’s kings and all races,
    leaders and important people,

Robust men and women in their prime,
    and yes, graybeards and little children.

13-14 Let them praise the name of God
    it’s the only Name worth praising.
His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky;
    he’s built a monument—his very own people!

Praise from all who love God!
    Israel’s children, intimate friends of God.
Hallelujah!

Daniel 7:27

The Message (MSG)

26-27 “‘But when the court comes to order, the horn will be stripped of its power and totally destroyed. Then the royal rule and the authority and the glory of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the people of the High God. Their royal rule will last forever. All other rulers will serve and obey them.’

Revelation 11:16-19

The Message (MSG)

The Last Trumpet Sounds

15-18 The seventh Angel trumpeted. A crescendo of voices in Heaven sang out,

The kingdom of the world is now
    the Kingdom of our God and his Messiah!
He will rule forever and ever!

The Twenty-four Elders seated before God on their thrones fell to their knees, worshiped, and sang,

We thank you, O God, Sovereign-Strong,
    Who Is and Who Was.
You took your great power
    and took over—reigned!
The angry nations now
    get a taste of your anger.
The time has come to judge the dead,
    to reward your servants, all prophets and saints,
Reward small and great who fear your Name,
    and destroy the destroyers of earth.

19 The doors of God’s Temple in Heaven flew open, and the Ark of his Covenant was clearly seen surrounded by flashes of lightning, loud shouts, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a fierce hailstorm.

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Fire and hail, snow and ice,

    hurricanes obeying his orders;

Mountains and all hills,

    apple orchards and cedar forests;

Wild beasts and herds of cattle,

    snakes, and birds in flight;

Earth’s kings and all races,

    leaders and important people,

Robust men and women in their prime,

    and yes, graybeards and little children.

13-14 Let

them praise the name of God

    it’s the only Name worth praising.

His radiance exceeds anything in earth and

sky;

    he’s built a monument—his very own people!

Praise from all who love God!

    Israel’s children, intimate friends of God.

Hallelujah!

Daniel 7:27

The Message (MSG)

26-27 “‘But when the court

comes to order, the horn will be stripped of its power and totally destroyed.

Then the royal rule and the authority and the glory of all the kingdoms under

heaven will be handed over to the people of the High God. Their royal rule will

last forever. All other rulers will serve and obey them.’

Revelation 11:16-19

The Message (MSG)

The Last Trumpet Sounds

15-18 The

seventh Angel trumpeted. A crescendo of voices in Heaven sang out,

The kingdom of the world is

now

    the Kingdom of our God and his Messiah!

He will rule forever and ever!

The

Twenty-four Elders seated before God on their thrones fell to their knees,

worshiped, and sang,

We thank you, O God,

Sovereign-Strong,

    Who Is and Who Was.

You took your great power

    and took over—reigned!

The angry nations now

    get a taste of your anger.

The time has come to judge the dead,

    to reward your servants, all prophets and saints,

Reward small and great who fear your Name,

    and destroy the destroyers of earth.

19 The doors of God’s

Temple in Heaven flew open, and the Ark of his Covenant was clearly seen

surrounded by flashes of lightning, loud shouts, peals of thunder, an

earthquake, and a fierce hailstorm.

 

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