Narrative Lectionary: Questioning Motives and Legacies (2 Samuel 7: 1-17)

We start today with King David finally resting. David had been a fugitive on the run, fleeing from Saul’s jealous wrath. Now David’s fortunes have changed. These verses emphasize David’s new power and security not only by calling him “king” three times, but also by noting how he’s in a house of precious cedar. It… Read More

Friday Prayer

Lord- The Davids of the world needs Nathans and Abigails. More critically, the Davids need to listen to the truth-speaking, reconciliation-seeking, call a fool, a fool, daring, courageous, risk-taking, assault-naming, God-listening and hearing, peace-making, grief-stricken, reality-understanding, not in it for profit prophets that do exist. Soften necks, O God, and open up hardened hearts. Make… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: King at Last! (2 Samuel 5:1-5, 6:1-5)

Uniting the nation of Israel, under God’s rule, is a chaotic process. Our story gives us a snippet of one of the many battles fought by David before he becomes Israel’s king. Warfare is a bloody undertaking, and the story doesn’t spare the details of betrayals, killings and mutilations. Along the way, David conquers the city of Jerusalem, and turns it into the nation’s capital. As a final sign of triumph, he moves the ark to Jerusalem, dancing with joy as the ark travels. Read More