Weekly Lectionary Scripture

Each week we explore a scripture passage based on the lectionary.

  • Exploring the Scripture Today’s text is used for the last Sunday before Advent when we celebrate Christ the King. We return to the prophet Jeremiah, whose prophecies were centered on the royal covenant God made with David, to preserve his lineage…
  • Exploring the Scripture The Book of Isaiah is a collection of prophecies from several prophets, living in several eras of Jewish history. The first prophet Isaiah lived when the Northern Kingdom of Israel was part of the Assyrian empire, and the…
  • Exploring the Scripture The exiled Jews in Babylon longed to return to Jerusalem, repair the ruined walls, and rebuild the temple destroyed during the Babylonian conquest. When the Persians conquered the Babylonians, King Cyrus decreed the Jews may…
  • Exploring the Scripture Before this passage, in verses 12–16, we read of Jesus going up a mountain to pray followed by his calling of 12 disciples, who are named. Now Jesus comes down from the mountain to a “level place” (v. 17) or plain. With him…
  • Exploring the Scripture The early prophets each had their understanding of the reasons Israel and Judah suffered conquest and exile. Isaiah proposed God was not only punishing the people for their faithlessness, but also refining and purifying them…
  • Exploring the Scripture References and evidence within the Book of Joel suggest the prophet probably lived during the time after the return of the Jewish exiles to Jerusalem from Babylon. Joel may have been a “cultic prophet,” who worked with the…
  • Exploring the Scripture Covenant is an important theme throughout the book of Jeremiah. The prophet understood the Mosaic covenant to be foundational to the identity and salvation of the people. God delivered the Israelite slaves from Egypt…
  • Exploring the Scripture In times of distress and crisis, people need hope and reassurance. But there is a difference between hope and blind optimism. Refusing to engage in life and the harsh realities of difficult circumstances is counterproductive…
  • Exploring the Scripture Today’s text is part of the journey accounts of Jesus and his disciples as they travel to Jerusalem. They are in conversation on this journey and there are at least four independent sayings on discipleship in the opening…