Narrative Lectionary

Narrative Lectionary

The Best Advice of All

And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. And Solomon lay with his fathers and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead. And Rehoboam came to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. And it happened when Jeroboam son of Nebat heard, he was still in Egypt where he had fled from King Solomon, and Jeroboam had stayed in…

A Link in the chain of life, not the key

And all the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron, and said, “Here we are, your bone and your flesh are we. Time and again in the past when Saul was king over us you were the one who led Israel into the fray, and the Lord said to you, ‘It is you who will shepherd My people Israel and it is you who will be prince over Israel.’” And all the elders of Israel came to the king…

salvation in the reeds

And a new king arose over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. And he said to his people: ‘Look, the people of the sons of Israel are too many and too vast for us. Come, let us be shrewd with them, lest they multiply, and it come to pass than when any war occur, they actually join our enemies and fight against us, and get out of the land.’ And they set over them forced-labor foremen to abuse them with their…

Holy Wrestling

And the tribute procession (to impress Esau) passed on before him, and he spent that night in the camp. …And Jacob rose on that night and took his two wives and his two slave girls and his eleven boys and he crossed over the Jabbok ford. And he took them and brought them across the stream, and he brought across all that he had. And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.…

Living into Boundaries and Blessings

On the day the Lord God made earth and heavens, no shrub of the field being yet on the earth and no plant of the field yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused rain to fall on the earth and there was no human to till the soil, and wetness would well from the earth to water all the surface of the soil, then the Lord God fashioned the human, humus from the soil, and blew into his…