Narrative Lectionary

Narrative Lectionary

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…