Sunday, January 18, 2015: “Today’s Scripture Readings


A Reading from the First Book of Samuel (3:1-10)


The boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”


> Eli was a priest in Israel who had two evil sons.

> Samuel is being raised to take the place of Eli.

> The temple refers most likely to a tent or small building.  (Not Solomon’s temple)

> Samuel will then get a message that Eli and his sons will be killed.

> “Dan to Bersheba” refers to the entire area of Israel, who knew that Samuel was a good prophet.



Psalm (139:1-5, 12-17)


1   Lord, you have searched me out and known me; *

     you know my sitting down and my rising up;

     you discern my thoughts from afar.

2   You trace my journeys and my resting-places *

     and are acquainted with all my ways.

3   Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *

     but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

4   You press upon me behind and before *

     and lay your hand upon me.

5   Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *

     it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

12  For you yourself created my inmost parts; *

      you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

13  I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *

     your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

14  My body was not hidden from you, *

      while I was being made in secret

     and woven in the depths of the earth.

15  Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;

     all of them were written in your book; *

    they were fashioned day by day,

    when as yet there was none of them.

16  How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *

      how great is the sum of them!

17  If I were to count them,

     they would be more in number than the sand; *

     to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.


> God is shown here in these verses as the environment of life.

> God knows each individual intimately.

> It also expands to God’s knowledge of all things.



 A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians (6:21-20)


“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.


> The people in Corinth have new found freedoms and Paul responds accordingly.

> Paul’s warnings did not actually work at this time as the people of Corinth are warned over and over again.

> The people of Corinth continued in their evil ways.



The Holy Gospel of Our  Lord Jesus Christ according to John (1:43-51)


The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”


> “Next day” – 4th day – John tries to follow a one-week period but loses track of time.

> Bethsaida is technically not in Galilee but in an adjacent area ruled by Phillip.

> Jesus being referred to as “the son of Joseph” is rare in the Bible — mostly “the son of Mary.”

> There were some very extremely opposite statements that were made by Nathanael.

> “Gathering figs” refers to someone who is studying the Torah.

> The angels ascending and descending may have derived from the OT reference to Jacob’s ladder.