February 18, 2018, Lectionary

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If actions speak louder than words, then the flood was louder than the words of covenant. So God did the rainbow, a repeated action of beauty, though quiet and bodiless. Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25 has some self-contained mirror effects: "Not ashamed" in first verses 1-3 and last verses 20-22.  "Covenant" in verses 10 and 14. I love the beauty in the Word.

Like the ark was the means God used to save Noah's family by/through the water, so baptism is the means God uses to save us by/through the resurrection of Jesus. (Trying to grammatically diagram Peter's sentence!!!) 1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark succinctly ties Jesus' baptism with his wilderness experience, with his preaching, and with his calling of disciples. Pondering today how each affected the others. Mark 1:9-15

Thoughts about Listening

Besides words, what are your favorite actions of apology? Are there other actions that you know other people have used? Genesis 9:8-17

If you could have one person, of all humans ever alive on earth, to be your teacher and mentor, whom would you choose and why? Psalm 25

I never connected "The Ants Go Marching One by One" with the biblical flood story, but there is that little phrase "to get out of the rain." I wonder. 1 Peter 3:18-22

Temptations: a sweet gelatin food, a cat treat, a super-successful American vocal group in R&B and soul music. What does the word "temptations" mean to you? Mark 1:9-15

Bible Reading Group Homework

1.    Where or what in your current life is beautiful? Tell someone.

2.    Read or listen to Genesis 9:8-17. For most of this reading, who is speaking to whom? The proclamation sounds like poetry, probably repeated repeatedly among the descendants of Noah. The flood (compare Genesis 6:18) is the first time in the Bible that a promise of God is called a covenant. What is the sign of this covenant?

3.    Read or listen to 1 Peter 3:18-22. Peter places Christ back there preaching to Noah and contemporaries, and he compares baptism to the flood. Discuss how these ideas work for you.

4.    Read or listen to Mark 1:9-15. After his baptism and temptation, what was it Jesus came preaching?

5.    Read or listen to Psalm 25:1-10. In the Hebrew language, this is an acrostic Psalm. What significance might the acrostic nature of this psalm have for its meaning or use, then or now? Find the reference to the covenant and discuss whether this might be the rainbow covenant or something else. Where, for you, is beauty or art in this psalm and in the covenant?


1.    ¿Dónde o en qué está la belleza en su vida actual? Compártalo con alguien.

2.    Leer o escuchar Génesis 9: 8-17. Durante la mayor parte de esta lectura, ¿Quién está hablando con quién? La proclamación suena como poesía, probablemente repetida consecutivamente entre los descendientes de Noé. El diluvio (comparar Génesis 6:18) es la primera vez en la Biblia al que una promesa de Dios se le llama pacto. ¿Cuál es el signo de este pacto?

3.    Leer o escuchar 1 Pedro 3: 18-22. Pedro muestra a Cristo  predicando a Noé y a sus contemporáneos, y él compara el bautismo con el diluvio. Discuta cómo estas ideas funcionan para usted.

4.    Leer o escuchar  Marcos 1: 9-15. Después de su bautismo y la tentación, ¿Qué fue lo que Jesús vino a predicar?

5.    Leer o escuchar el Salmo 25: 1-10. En el idioma hebreo, este es un salmo acróstico. ¿Qué significado podría tener la naturaleza acróstica de este salmo para su intención o uso, en aquel entonces o ahora? Encuentre la referencia al pacto y discuta si este podría ser el pacto del arco iris u otra cosa. ¿Para usted, en dónde está la belleza o arte de este salmo,  y en el pacto?