Tag Archives: Solomon

Between the Lines: Pentecost 13: August 26, 2012

Text: I Kings 8 (1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43

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National Cathedral
Washington, D.C.
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Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! Regard your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house . . .

In the Washington Post, science writer Chris Mooney suggests that the difference between political liberals and conservatives can be attributed to differences in their psychological makeup.  They process information differently, he says.  Liberals are more open to new experiences, with all that implies, and conservatives are more “conscientious,” valuing order and structure more than new experiences.  In both cases, these differences lead not only to disagreements about what to do politically but about what is true and real. We don’t live in the same world.

It’s a thought-provoking article, and one which prompts me to ask what political implications whirl around a “tent god” and a “temple god.”  What assumptions about reality lie underneath the ritual behavior?  Can those of us camping outside the temple really talk to those of us inside the temple?  Can there be a conversation?  What might the tent people inside us say to those in the temple?

– 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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Between the Lines: Pentecost 12: August 19, 2012

Text: I Kings 2:10 -12; 3:3-1

King Solomon, Russian icon from first quarter ...

King Solomon,
(Russian icon, 18th cen.)
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.

What is most often remembered is Solomon’s request for understanding rather than long life and riches. Consider his situation. When do you recall, like Solomon, inheriting, winning, falling into a position or task or job that made you feel like “only a little child.” When did you have that awful feeling of not knowing “how to go out or come in”? Like not knowing whether you are coming or going?

Was it in your job or ministry, in your family or in the kitchen alone at 3 AM, at a time of overwhelming joy or pain or grief? At such a moment what did you ask for? Why not for long life or riches? What understanding came? What did you learn about yourself and what matters?

– Bill Dols


“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.

 

Between the Lines: Pentecost 9: July 29, 2012

Text: II Samuel 11:1-15

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Rembrandt – David and Uriah (detail) – WGA19125 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s reading includes only the first part of the story. The consequences of David’s actions are described when the prophet Nathan confronts David (2 Samuel 12:1-18). He tells him a story about a rich man who robs a poor man of his “one little ewe.” When David says the culprit should die, Nathan springs his trap:

Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? Continue reading