October 14, 2012, Lectionary

Job believed there would be a place and time where the righteous would be allowed and even empowered in dispute with God. Job 23

Psalm 22 was quoted in the Gospels to describe Jesus' dying amidst scornful laughter, sneering lips, and snickering headshakes. These are as hurtful as bullying words.

"Seek the Lord, and ye shall live. . . . Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live." The way to justice in our land. Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

In his "days and years of our lives" psalm, Moses recognized that God is the only one who can make our lives meaningful, so as to establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90 (Each of the words, "days" and "years," is used five times in this psalm.)

The Bible, as I read it, will discover myself to myself. Even so, I don't worry at what I might find because there's Someone powerful who already knows all about me and loves me anyway. Hebrews 4:12-16

It's not about giving away money or things. It's not about keeping the Ten Commandments. Both those matter, but only as they help or hinder my following Jesus. Mark 10:17-31