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

Revised Common Lectionary: Who Reigns? Edition

Christ the King Sunday has long been my least favorite day in the church year. To begin with, most of us haven’t had any experiences with kings aside from characters in fairy tales or movies. I don’t like to think of the Messiah as being comparable to, say the King of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.… 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