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Christ the King
Christ The King (Proper 29)

from the book
Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons
With an Eye to the New

Elizabeth Achtemeier

2 Samuel 23:1-7


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This is the Sunday of Christ the King, the last Sunday in the church year, before we enter the Advent season in the next liturgical year. It is the Sunday when the church confesses to all who will hear that Jesus Christ is in fact the one Lord, elevated to universal rule over the cosmos in his resurrection and ascension, and given authority over all things and persons on earth (cf. Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:9-11).

To celebrate this Sunday, our Old Testament lesson looks forward by specifying a text that speaks of the preparation for Christ's rule by the kingship of David in Israel. We are given an oracle or poem containing "the last words of David," which is a companion piece to 2 Samuel 22 (= Psalm 89, a Royal Psalm). These "last words" set forth the theology attached to the davidic kingship, rather than to the person of David himself. In historical fact, David himself never lived up ...

This Christ The King (Proper 29) preaching resource, Christ the King, is based on 2 Samuel 23:1-7 and relates to Christ The King (Proper 29) of Cycle B of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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