Sunday, June 10, 2012: “Today’s Scripture Readings”

A Reading from the First Book of Samuel (8:4-20)


All the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers.  He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, “No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.”


> Year “B”; There is Proper 2- Proper 29.  Start with Advent at Proper 29 and work backwards.

> Alternate readings taken from the second series of the Old Testament – jumps around

> We used first series, which are sequential (Samuel and Kings).

> The second readings are taken from the New Testament and are sequential.

> The Gospels are also sequential except for John’s “bread of life.”

> The readings are not always related to each other.

> The Israelis had been in Israel about 200 years and were a tribal confederacy.

> Judges were charismatic leaders.  Samuel is one of the last judges.

> I and II Samuel were dictated by the lengths of scrolls in those days.

> Samuel’s sons are corrupt.  The elders come together and call for a king, like in other nations.

> Samuel claims that God (Yahweh) is our king.

> So it is the elders who are destroying the tradition of God being Israel’s king.

> The Lord tell Samuel to warn the people of the consequences of electing a king.

> The king will claim sons to be warriors and farmers.

> The king will claim daughters to be bakers and perfumers.

> The king will take your property and servants, and you will be slaves again!

> God says to not blame him for the choosing of a king! 



Psalm 138


1   I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; *

      before the gods I will sing your praise.

2   I will bow down toward your holy temple

      and praise your Name, *

     because of your love and faithfulness;

3   For you have glorified your Name *

     and your word above all things.

4   When I called, you answered me; *

     you increased my strength within me.

5   All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord, *

     when they have heard the words of your mouth.

6   They will sing of the ways of the Lord, *

     that great is the glory of the Lord.

7   Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly; *

     he perceives the haughty from afar.

8   Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *

     you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;

     your right hand shall save me.

9   The Lord will make good his purpose for me; *

     O Lord, your love endures for ever;

     do not abandon the works of your hands.


> Everyone is praising God

> God responds favorably to the psalmist’s requests.


A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (4:13-5:1)


Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.


> This appears to be the blend of a couple of Paul’s letters.

> Paul may be suffering and ill and may not be around much longer.

> He still has faith in God and life beyond the grave.



The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (3:20-35)


The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”


> Early in the Gospel — appears to take place in Nazareth

> Mark has a negative view of Jesus’ family.

> Jesus is an embarrassment to his family members.

> The also has conflicts with the scribes.

> The main conflict is between Jesus and the forces of evil.

> Jesus is the strong one and comes out victorious.

> Jesus proclaims a new family of those who do the will of God.

> Mark structures the story very carefully.