Narrative Lectionary: The Law and the Shema (Deut 5:1-21 and 6:4-9)

This Sunday’s text is the second telling of the Ten Commandments, the telling of the commandments just before the Israelites enter the land of milk and honey. So this is not the generation that left Egypt, most of them are dead, but the next generation, the ones who will inherit the land. You can find… Read More

Narrative Lectionary:God’s People Let Go

This week, we leave behind the matriarchs and patriarchs of Genesis and have one week in the Exodus story. The passage is Exodus 1:8-14 [15-2:10]; 3:1-15. Commentary at Working Preacher is here. As I read through the text, I was heartbroken to recognize the strategy of Pharaoh in my own governmental leaders as they speak… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: What’s in a name? (Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17)

Exodus 2:23-25; 3:10-15; 4:10-17 As is the case several times throughout the Narrative Lectionary this is one of those weeks where we make a pretty big jump in time from one week to the next.  We just left Jacob tricking his father and dreaming in the desert, and now we come to the Israelites groaning… Read More