Saturday, September 13, 2008

Reflectionary: Scripture for Worship on September 14, 2008

The Reflectionary is a weekly blog entry consisting of questions and comments on readings from the Revised Common Lectionary used at many Christian churches.

A new entry is added each Saturday, and features the readings for the following day, in hopes of enhancing the experience of participation during one's regular Sunday worship gathering.


Here are the passages for September 14, 2008, the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). All links are to the TNIV via BibleGateway.com, but if you prefer another translation, feel free to use that instead (either with your own Bible, or via the links at BibleGateway.com).

Exodus 14:19-31

Psalm 114:1-8 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21
  • Churches are given the option of choosing either passage for the "Psalm" this week. One of the down-sides to BibleGateway.com is that the site doesn't really know how to handle partial verses, such as that called for with verse 1b in the Exodus passage. The letter "b" indicates that only a part of the verse is to be read as part of the lectionary. In this case, the second part, starting with "I will sing to the LORD."
  • Note that the Exodus passage here takes place immediately after the end of the previous passage.
Romans 14:1-12
  • What does Paul mean when he refers to "weak faith"? What might it mean to truly "accept" a person with such faith?
  • Does this passage have anything to say about differences between Christian denominations today? What articles of faith should we hold to be essential, that we should continue to refuse to compromise on?
Matthew 18:21-35
  • It's worth noting that the number "seven" is a significant number in Biblical literature, often something far beyond what a literal reading of the number as a number might suggest. Is this the case here? When Peter suggests seven times to forgive someone, does he plan on counting the number of times, only to be told differently by Jesus?
  • Pay attention to the footnotes for this reading, particularly in regard to how much a "talent" and a "dinarius" was worth in 1st century currency.

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