Tuesday: Reflection on the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week's blog post is here. It has a review of The Inclusive Bible, summaries and links for this week's readings, Christ's discussion of humility, and more about the Book of Job.

More information about the complementary and semi-continuous series is here: Which Series?

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from the Former Prophets: 1 Samuel 10:17-25

Samuel summoned the people to the Lord at Mizpah and said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses; and you have said, ‘No! but set a king over us.’ Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.”

Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the family of the Matrites was taken by lot. Finally he brought the family of the Matrites near man by man, and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found. So they inquired again of the Lord, “Did the man come here?” and the Lord said, “See, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” Then they ran and brought him from there. When he took his stand among the people, he was head and shoulders taller than any of them. Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the one whom the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”

Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship; and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people back to their homes.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Writings: Job 41:1-11

[Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind {40:6}]

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook,
 or press down its tongue with a cord?
Can you put a rope in its nose,
 or pierce its jaw with a hook?
Will it make many supplications to you?
 Will it speak soft words to you?
Will it make a covenant with you
 to be taken as your servant forever?
Will you play with it as with a bird,
 or will you put it on leash for your girls?
Will traders bargain over it?
 Will they divide it up among the merchants?
Can you fill its skin with harpoons,
 or its head with fishing spears?
Lay hands on it;
 think of the battle; you will not do it again!
Any hope of capturing it will be disappointed;
 were not even the gods overwhelmed at the sight of it?
No one is so fierce as to dare to stir it up.
 Who can stand before it?
Who can confront it and be safe?
 —under the whole heaven, who?”¹

¹The suffering of the heroes of the faith told in Hebrews 11:32-40 reflects this idea.

Complementary Psalm 37:23-40

Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
 when he delights in our way;
though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
 for the Lord holds us by the hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
 yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
 or their children begging bread.
They are ever giving liberally and lending,
 and their children become a blessing.

Depart from evil, and do good;
 so you shall abide forever.
For the Lord loves justice;
 he will not forsake his faithful ones.

The righteous shall be kept safe forever,
 but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land,
 and live in it forever.

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
 and their tongues speak justice.
The law of their God is in their hearts;
 their steps do not slip.

The wicked watch for the righteous,
 and seek to kill them.
The Lord will not abandon them to their power,
 or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial.

Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,
 and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
 you will look on the destruction of the wicked.

I have seen the wicked oppressing,
 and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
Again I passed by, and they were no more;
 though I sought them, they could not be found.

Mark the blameless, and behold the upright,
 for there is posterity for the peaceable.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
 the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
 he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and rescues them;
 he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
 because they take refuge in him.

Semi-continuous Psalm 75

We give thanks to you, O God;
 we give thanks; your name is near.
People tell of your wondrous deeds.

At the set time that I appoint
 I will judge with equity.
When the earth totters, with all its inhabitants,
 it is I who keep its pillars steady. Selah
I say to the boastful, “Do not boast,”
 and to the wicked, “Do not lift up your horn;
do not lift up your horn on high,
 or speak with insolent neck.”

For not from the east or from the west
 and not from the wilderness comes lifting up;
but it is God who executes judgment,
 putting down one and lifting up another.
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup
 with foaming wine, well mixed;
he will pour a draught from it,
 and all the wicked of the earth
 shall drain it down to the dregs.
But I will rejoice forever;
 I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
 but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 6:13-20


When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and multiply you.”¹ And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.²

¹Genesis 22:17   ²Psalm 110:4

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