October 22, 2017, Lectionary

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Three requests of Moses to God, all affirmed: forgive the people, don't make us go on without You, show me Your glory. Exodus 32:9-23

Praise the Lord our God and worship at his footstool, . . . at his holy mountain. I wonder why the difference. Psalm 99 (Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 5:35; Acts 7:49)

Among other things, Paul commends the Thessalonian church for its faith, love, and hope. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. (Reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:13.)

The tools of the world's trade (coins) require the rules of the world's trade (taxes). And remember God. Matthew 22:15-22

Thoughts about Listening

Face-to-face communication is the antecedent and goal of all other kinds of communication. Exodus 32:9-23

My language influences my living. I can shape my language to bring about more justice and fairness around me. Psalm 99

Near the beginning of any communication, it helps to acknowledge and honor some mutual commitments. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

When trapped in polarized conversation, look for something bigger to which all are committed. Matthew 22:15-22

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    List and discuss some advantages of seeing another person’s face as you talk with him or her.

2.    Read or listen to Exodus 33:9-23. Name and discuss the two requests Moses made to God in this reading. What previous request had he made to God in Exodus 32:22-14? Were these requests related? Or progressing in some direction? What is the prohibition about “face”? And how is that overcome? Compare Numbers 12:6-8.

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 99. Find the repeated phrases in this reading, then compare and contrast them.

4.    Read or listen to again to 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. Read aloud together and absorb for yourselves Paul’s commendation to the church in Thessalonica. Compare with 1 Corinthians 13:13.

5.    Read or listen to Matthew 22:15-22. Review the context, especially Matthew 21:23, 45-46. Ponder and describe the likely reactions to a Yes answer or a No answer. In what ways was the question a trap? When else did Jesus respond their question with a question (Matthew 21:23-27; 22:41-46; but not in 22:29 or 37)? Did Jesus answer their question? Why did the hearers marvel? Does Jesus answer our questions about needs and rights of individuals when they conflict with those of organized groups, or of the “majority”?


1. Haga una lista y comente algunas ventajas de ver la cara de otra persona mientras habla con ella.

2. Leer o escuchar Éxodo 33: 9-23. Nombre y analice en esta lectura, las dos solicitudes que Moisés hizo a Dios. ¿Anteriormente, qué pedido le hizo a Dios en Éxodo 32: 22-14? ¿Estas solicitudes, estaban relacionadas? ¿O progresando en alguna dirección? ¿Cuál es la prohibición sobre "cara"? ¿Y cómo es eso superado? Compare Números 12: 6-8.

3. Leer o escuchar el Salmo 99. Encuentre en esta lectura, las frases repetidas, luego compárelas y contraste.

4. Leer o escuchar nuevamente  1 Tesalonicenses 1: 1-10. Lean juntos, en voz alta y absorban para ustedes el elogio de Pablo a la iglesia en Tesalónica. Compárese con 1 Corintios 13:13.

5. Leer o escuchar Mateo 22: 15-22. Repase el contexto, especialmente Mateo 21:23, 45-46. Medite y describa las reacciones probables a una respuesta positiva o una respuesta negativa. ¿De qué manera fue la pregunta una trampa? ¿Cuándo respondió Jesús su pregunta con otra pregunta (Mateo 21: 23-27; 22: 41-46, pero no en 22:29 o 37)? ¿Respondió Jesús a su pregunta? ¿Por qué los oyentes se maravillaron? ¿Responde Jesús a nuestras preguntas sobre las necesidades y los derechos de las personas cuando entran en conflicto con las de los grupos organizados o de la "mayoría"?