March 31, 2019, Lectionary

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Count how many ways, and how many metaphors, God uses to invite us to trust in God, to give our attention to God. This is one of my favorite chapters. Isaiah 55:1-9

Psalm 63 has the galloping praise, two phrases at a time all the way to the end, where suddenly there are three, which stop the gallop and end with the word for "stopped." Hebrew poetry! Fun!

The Israelites were our examples: Don't crave evil. Don't worship false gods. Don't let sex sell us into sin. Don't tempt God. Don't be always complaining. 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Whatever happens, good or bad, to me or to someone else,--it's a call to me to repent, to bring my attention back to trusting in God. Luke 13:1-9

Thoughts about Listening

You might be surprised how satisfying it is to your deepest longings when you simply give the gift of listening to someone who needs it. Isaiah 55:1-9

Are you listening to your body's thirst for water today? Psalm 63:1-9

The old adage, "let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall," could mean we should learn to listen more. 1 Corinthians 10:1-13  

There are things--ideas, dreams, skills, character traits, certain friendships, and even listening--that I cultivate even though they might seem useless in our commodified world. Luke 13:1-9

Bible Reading Group Study Guide

1.    Tell about a time when you were very thirsty. How much of the time did you think about water? How thirsty are for Jesus?

2.    Read or listen to Isaiah 55:1-9. Count and discuss how many ways, and how many metaphors, God uses to invite people to trust in and give attention to God. How thirsty are you for God?

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 63:1-8. Read aloud together, loudly on the first half of each verse and softly on the second half or alternating voices per half verse, and let the momentum build. How thirsty are you for God?

4.    Read or listen to 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. Paul points to the Israelites as our examples. What things did they seek or do in place of trusting in God?

5.    Read or listen to Luke 13:1-9. Do you think Jesus answered the unspoken question all of us have as to why disasters happen? Discuss. Then discuss what connection the following parable about the fig tree might have to the unspoken “Why???” Where in this reading is the call to trust Jesus? Will you trust today?


1. Hable de algún momento en el que tenía mucha sed. ¿Cuánto tiempo pensó en el agua? ¿Cuánta sed tiene por Jesús?

2. Leer o escuchar Isaías 55: 1-9. Cuente y discuta cuántas maneras y cuántas metáforas usa Dios para invitar a las personas a confiar y prestar atención a Dios. ¿Cuánta sed tiene de Dios?

3. Leer o escuchar  el Salmo 63: 1-8. Lean juntos en voz alta, la primera mitad de cada verso en voz alta y en la segunda mitad en voz suave, o alternando voces a la mitad del verso, y deje que el impulso se acumule. ¿Cuánta sed tiene de Dios?

4. Leer o escuchar 1 Corintios 10: 1-13. Pablo señala a los israelitas como nuestros ejemplos. ¿Qué cosas buscaron o hicieron en lugar de confiar en Dios?

5. Leer o escuchar  Lucas 13: 1-9. ¿Cree que Jesús respondió a la pregunta no formulada que todos nosotros tenemos sobre por qué ocurren los desastres? Discutir. Luego discuta qué conexión podría tener con la siguiente parábola sobre la higuera con el "¿Por qué?" ¿Dónde está el llamado a confiar en Jesús? ¿Confiarás hoy?