Daily Lectionary Podcast – Exodus 34:29-35:21 and Luke 7:36-50

Exodus 34:29-35:21
Luke 7:36-50
The veil of the old covenant, removed in Christ
The tithe-less tabernacle
Sin, debt and recognition

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 31:1-29 and Matthew 19:16-30

Deuteronomy 31:1-29
Matthew 19:16-30
The Covenant Faithfulness of God
The Endpoint of the Law & the positive force of it
The salvation offered in Jesus Christ

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 7:1-19 and Matthew 10:1-23

Deuteronomy 7:1-19
Matthew 10:1-23
Scandal of Particularity
The Continuing Form of Israel

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 3:1-29 and Matthew 7:1-12

Deuteronomy 3:1-29
Matthew 7:1-12
“Greater Israel” and a covenant of the law
Judgement, personal holiness vs. group identity, theological candy

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Malachi 2:1-3:5 and Matthew 4:1-11

Malachi 2:1-3:5
Matthew 4:1-11
Marriage & Divorce as an image of covenant and faithfulness
The first person you meet

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Kings 9:1-9, 10:1-13 and 2 Corinthians 5:1-21

1 Kings 9:1-9, 10:1-13
2 Corinthians 5:1-21
Queen of Sheba and the ingathering of the gentiles, broken covenants, reconciliation

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 20:24-42 and 1 Corinthians 1:1-25

1 Samuel 20:24-42
1 Corinthians 1:1-25
A Time of Choosing: God’s anointed/The Family of the Covenant vs. The Physical Family and Throne
Divisions, wisdom and the wisdom of the Cross

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Leviticus 17:1-16 and Luke 10:23-42

Leviticus 17:1-16
Luke 10:23-42
The place of sacrifice, How do you know what “god” you have met?, Revelation, Covenant or binding to a place, The strangeness that we have life at all

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Genesis 15:1-21 and Mark 5:1-20

Note: The Lectionary gives us one of the key texts on the Saturday. Don’t skip this reading.
Genesis 15:1-21
Mark 5:1-20
The Promise Given, Certified by a Riven Body

In Marriage a Reflection of Christ and the Church

goats_butting_heads“No one ever asks how did you two stay together? Everyone always asks how did you two meet?”

That is an insightful comment coming near the end of this likewise insightful article.

A further snippet…

And an enduring marriage lacks an obvious narrative structure. There is no climax, no decisive action. Even if an unfaithful spouse vows never to see the lover again, there may be other potential lovers in the future, and there’s still a fractured marriage to repair. A wedding is a climax; so is a divorce. How do you tell a story that’s all aftermath—all epilogue?

That’s relying upon the classic definition of a comedy as a play that ends with a wedding (cross reference your Riverside Shakespeare, compare and contrast Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Extra-credit, what is Henry V?)

One of the images of the end of the world in scripture is the marriage feast of the bridegroom and the bride. (Extra credit, what kind of story is being told and why should that effect our demeanor?) The end of the fallen world’s story is a wedding. But what is interesting is that while the church is the bride and Christ the bridegroom (if we wanted to be more exact including the OT better we would say the bridegroom is messiah and the bride the people of God), the interactions of God and his people are described in marriage terms. St. Paul says in Ephesians 5:32 that the marriage, the epilogue, is the image of Christ and the church. There exists in this world already a proleptic, an out of time order, relationship. And the core truth of that relationship is covenant faithfulness.

We naturally ask the sparkly and hot questions – “How did you meet?” – hoping for the cute and emotionally fulfilling “meet cute” story of romantic comedy. You can’t read the biblical stories of meeting at a well (Moses, Jacob, Jesus – Gen 29:1ff, Exo 2:15ff, John 4:5ff) and say that God ignores that, but that is not the question. Jesus turns from the meet cute repartee with the Samaritan woman to the deeper concern – “Go call your husband” (John 4:16). The hour is coming when that relationship between God and his people will be in truth. And the truth is found in faithfulness. We know true love not by pixie dust and cute story but by living the epilogue. The story that survives the fire is that answer to “how did you stay together”? By Grace. Tell me a story full of grace.