Between the Lines: Pentecost 3: June 17, 2012

Text: I Samuel 15:34—16:3

English: Olives in olive oil.

English: Olives in olive oil.
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“Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”

Put a small amount of olive oil in a small bowl or container.  Spend a little time with it; look at it, touch it, smell it, taste it. How do olives become oil?

What do you know of who was anointed in the ancient world?  When in our own world do we speak of someone being “anointed”?  What does the oil represent?  Why might oil be used in this way?  Who is the anointer?

What object or ritual in your own life might be imagined to serve this purpose?

What in your own life right now needs to be anointed?  What needs to pass away?  What transition needs to be acknowledged?  What young royal potential needs to be affirmed?

– Beth Harrison


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to www.educationalcenter.org.
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