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 may be linked to the NRSV via the oremus Bible Browser.) Lectionary Ruminations is also cross-posted on my personal blog, Summit to Shore. http://summittoshore.blogspot.com/
v. 1 What does it mean that “the voice of the Lord was rare in those days”? What does the voice of the Lord sound like? Is the voice of the Lord rare today?
v. 3 What do you know about the spiritual discipline of incubation? Have you ever slept in the sanctuary of a church?
v. 4 Where have we heard “Here I am” before?
v. 7 How can God be calling a person by name if that person does not know God or the word of God has not yet been revealed to that person?
v. 8 Is there any symbolism behind the fact that God called Samuel THREE times?
v. 10 The Lord “stood” there? Physically? Is this a metaphor?
v. 11 What makes your ears tingle?
v. 13 Woe to the parents of pks!
v. 15 How many people do you think might of experienced a spiritual vision but are afraid to talk about it with anyone, even their pastor?
v. 16 Samuel still responds to Eli the same way he responded to God.
v. 19 Whose words, Samuel’s or God’s? How does one earn the trustworthiness of others?
v. 1 How does the Lord search us? What does it mean to be known by the Lord?
v. 4 How can God know what we are going to say before we ourselves know?
v. 5 What does it mean to be hemmed in by God?
v. 6 What was inscribed on the Temple at the Oracle of Delphi?
v. 13 What about in-vitro fertilization?
v. 14 Is the Human body, or the human eye, still enough evidence to support an argument for creation from design? What would Darwin say about this verse?
v. 15 Was the psalmist made in the depths of the earth or in his or her mother’s womb?
v. 16 Is this book available for kindle or the nook?
v. 17 How much do thought’s weigh?
v. 18 Do you recall the story of Augustine and sand at a beach?
v. 12 I think this might be Ron Paul’s favorite verse.
v. 13 What is the definition of fornication? Did it mean anything different in Paul’s day than it does today? How do we responsibly deal with this verse when many young adults are postponing marriage until they are in their late 20’s or even early 30’s?
vs. 12-18 Of all possible actions that might not be beneficial, why is Paul singling out fornication?
vs. 19-20 I think these verses have been used to speak out against the use of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, meat, and who knows what else.
v. 43 What happened the day before this? Please note: Jesus found Philip. Philip did not find Jesus. I think I will market a new bumper sticker saying “Jesus Found Me”.
v. 45 Who are “we”? Son of Joseph? Why not son of the Virgin Mary?
v.46 Is this a rhetorical question? Is not “come and see” the quintessential invitation? I prefer it to “Are you saved?”
v. 47 How could Jesus know this?
v. 48 I think Psalm 139:16 would have been a better answer.
v.49 And Jesus did not even ask Nathaniel who people said he (Jesus) was!
v. 51 Was this ever fulfilled or is Nathaniel still waiting to see this spectacular thing?