The theme for this Sunday is holiness (dedication of one’s life to God). Samuel was dedicated to God by his mother, Hannah. God used him as a prophet during the transition from tribal governance to the establishment of a king over all the tribes of what was to become Israel. His lifestyle as a Nazirite set him aside from the norm (see Numbers 6), and his calling put him in conflict with the ruling class. As Jesus is said to have said in Matthew 23:29-31, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.