2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Second Samuel 7 is, without doubt, the theological highlight of the books of Samuel... if not of the Deuteronomistic history as a whole. The chapter is fairly complete in itself, but it consists of two distinct parts: the dynastic oracle (vv. 1-17) and David’s prayer (vv. 18-29), which is presented as David’s response to the dynastic promise. Whether or not this dynastic oracle marked the end of the history of David’s rise, it does represent the culmination of David’s ascent to political power.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.