Tag Archives: 2 Samuel

Bible Workbench: Proper 14, August 9, 2009

Text: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

His head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on. What a nightmare, to be left hanging between  heaven and earth!  I see Absalom dangling helpless, tangled in the tree by his chief vanity.  I imagine the fear, the frustration, the loneliness and helplessness of dangling between heaven and earth, knowing more and more surely that my end approaches.   Continue reading

Bible Workbench: Proper 11, July 19, 2009

Text: II Samuel 7:1-14a

Reading Between the Lines

In The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society (Continuum 2007), Jonathan Sacks reminds us that 1 Chronicles 28:3 attributes the building of the temple by Solomon rather than his father David to the fact that David was a warrior and that a temple must be built by a man of peace. But that is not the issue here. In this text the core question is about movement from tabernacle to temple – from the mobile and temporary to the stationary and fixed. Continue reading