Posted each Thursday, Lectionary Ruminations focuses on the Scripture Readings, taken from the New Revised Standard Version, for the following Sunday per the Revised Common Lectionary. Comments and questions are intended to encourage reflection for readers preparing to teach, preach, or hear the Word. Reader comments are invited and encouraged. All lectionary links are to the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible via the PC(USA) Devotions and Readings website, but if you prefer another translation, feel free to use that instead. (Other references are linked to the NRSV via the oremus Bible Browser.)
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
The Revised Common Lectionary includes a six verse reading and an optional longer twenty verse reading from Acts. I will probably opt for the six verse reading.
This is just one of two or three recollections of Paul’s first encounter with the risen Jesus, How is it the same and how is it different than the other recollectios?
v. 2 Why was “the Way” eventually abandoned as a way to refer to Christianity?
v.9 Is the reference to “three days” any other than an allusion to the three days between the Crucifixion and the resurrection?
v. 10 God speaks to Ananias “in a vision”. Do verses 1-6 also describe a vision?
v. 9 An appeal to God’s sense of logic?
Don’t forget, the following is a “vision”.
v. 11 How many is a “Myriads of myriads”?
v.12 When was the last time you heard anyone singing a hymn “with full voice”?
v. 13 Fourfold praise
v.14 who are these “four living creatures”
My wife refers to this reading as “Grilling With God”.
v. 2 What might it feel like to be a no name disciple like one of “the two others”?
vs. 4-7 Why is it that the disciples never at first recognized the risen Jesus?
v. 11 What is the significance of 153?
vs. 14, 17 What is the significance of the occurrences of the number 3?