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October 2014
Lectionary Readings

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This interactive demo is designed to give you a taste of what you will actually experience online as a subscriber. The demo lets you sample the resources available for two Sundays prior to today. Click on the Lectionary tab above to see the lectionary readings for every Sunday and festival in the church year. Click on Commentary to read expert commentary on the selected texts. Click on Bible to access the full NRSV. Click on Library to review a list of articles on preaching skills and the challenges of preaching today, including essays from New Proclamation on preaching in the seasons of the church year.

Beginning in December 2013, use the new Lectionary Notes tab to go to Gail Ramshaw's insights on the texts in "The Readings in the Bible" and "The Readings on This Day."

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Lectionary 29 / Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 24
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shauna K. Hannan
Disobedience lurks in the background of Exodus 33. What we have here is a postidolatry exchange between God and Moses. Although Exodus 22:20 states that punishment for idolaters is destruction, here God is speaking to Moses, the one who speaks on behalf of an idolatrous people, face to face, "as one speaks to a friend" (v. 11). Hebrew Bible professor Richard Nysse says, "Given the severity of the...  Read more...

Beverly A. Zink-Sawyer
Today's lections portray a God whose power and purposes sometimes are made manifest through unlikely people and in unexpected ways. Earthly kings, leaders, and laws hold temporal sway over our lives, but ultimate power over all things belongs to God, who invites our faithful and grateful response.The conversations between God and Moses go on as Moses perseveres in leading the Israelites from...  Read more...

Robert Kysar
Threaded through all (or nearly all) these readings is the theme of human leadership. Moses needs an assistant to help him be a good leader. The Persian general Cyrus is God's agent for freeing Israel. God is thought of in royal images. Jesus responds to the issue of loyalty to the emperor and loyalty to God.Following on the heels of Moses' communicating with God in the tent of meeting outside...  Read more...

John Paul Heil
God achieves salvation for all peoples by working through present governmental leaders and political powers. Total allegiance to the one and only saving God of all transcends allegiance to earthly rulers and institutions. We manifest our allegiance to God by Christ-centered lives of faith, hope, and love.The setting for today's first reading from so-called Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40–55 is the...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
Written perhaps in the late first century, the Gospel of John is a two-part theological proclamation of Jesus as the Word of God, the incarnation of God, and the divine I AM, whose glory is shown forth at...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
During the sixteenth century, some German Lutheran churches celebrated an annual thanksgiving day for the Reformation. In 1667 the festival was set for October 31 or the Sunday prior, since by then it was popularly believed that on...  Read more...

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