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September 2015
Lectionary Readings

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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 26 / Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 21
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Susan E. Hylen
God's gift of manna to sustain Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 16) is not enough for the people. They continue to complain, weeping for meat (Num. 11:4-6). This story continues the theme of Israel's complaining against God and Moses in the wilderness. They are dissatisfied with God's gifts and prefer the slavery of Egypt to following God's path.God is angry with Israel, and Moses is displeased....  Read more...

David F. Watson
Chapters 11— 25 of Numbers relate Israel's rebellion against God. Numbers portrays the old exodus generation as unfaithful, untrusting, and grumbling. The "rabble" mentioned in 11:4 are probably non-Israelites.See Baruch A. Levine, Numbers 1-20: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (New York: Doubleday, 1993),320-21. The Israelites follow their lead, however, in a fit of desire...  Read more...

Adele Stiles Resmer
God's abundance, which was with us as we began this section of Pentecost, remains with us to the end. God provides seventy members of the community to assist Moses and then goes on to feed the people (Numbers 11). God's bounty in the created order and in the gift of the Law is celebrated in Psalm 19. God in Jesus invites us into and enables us to join in a discipleship that is inclusive,...  Read more...

Gail Ramshaw
The first reading provides a parallel to the disciples' concern that unauthorized persons are acting in the divine name. In a lively narrative, even perhaps comic, Moses complains to God about the Israelites' perpetual complaining, and the youth tattles to Moses about Eldad and Medad. The narrative describes one of the several types of prophet functioning in ancient Israel, the ecstatic...  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
By having the Pharisees question Jesus about the interpretation of Mosaic Law, Mark grants to Jesus messianic scriptural authority. First-century rabbis disagreed about the grounds for divorce. Verse 12 indicates that Mark's community, which included Gentiles, is considering also...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
Standard Sundays proceed through the Gospel of Mark, this Sunday appointing a passage difficult to hear in our time, which condemns divorce and honors children over adults. We are glad for the welcome that even we receive at...  Read more...

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