Archive for November 10th, 2008

Judges 4:1-3

We are nearing the end of the Year A of the three year lectionary cycle.  This week (Proper 28/Ordinary 33) offers several difficult passages including: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and Matthew 25:14-30.  Alternate passages include  Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 and Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12.

From Judges 4:1-3 – The Israelites again did what was evil in the site of the LORD, after Ehud died.  So the LORD sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim.  Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly for twenty years.

I must admit that I have a hard time visualizing a God who would send me, much less a whole nation, into slavery as punishment.  With that said, I do believe God is ultimately in control despite not understanding what “God is in control!” fully means. 

Prayer:

God of Mystery, your power astounds and humbles us.  Help us better sense your steadfast presence in our lives so that we might know your will.  AMEN.


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