The Lively Lectionary Old Testament is a blog that reflects on the Old Testament text from the Revised Common Lectionary each week.

6th Sunday of Lent, Isaiah 50:4-9a

Many of us have become cynical, inured to words of hope and succor, tired of claims of future possibilities in the power of God. Yet, Isaiah says that YHWH has sent to us a servant whose work it is to present to us strength in our weakness, light in our darkness, and hope in our despair.

Monday, March 22, 2021

5th Sunday in Lent, Jeremiah 31:31-34

Jeremiah’s vision of the new covenant still gleams as a distant goal of YHWH, a possible hope for a better future for all of us, human and animal and plant. And that future for us Christians is bound up in Jesus Christ who offered himself as servant of all and slave of all, giving his very life for that future.

Monday, March 15, 2021

4th Sunday in Lent, Numbers 21:4-9

The wilderness, wherever it is, is a very dangerous place, and always needs a pole or two to aid our passage through. And for us Christians, the pole that saves is not topped by a gleaming snake but rather by a bleeding and dying man, who cared for us enough to offer himself as a gift for all.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

3rd Sunday in Lent, Exodus 20:1-17

What we say to one another is extremely important; the 9th commandment reminds us that words can be weapons of destruction as well as building blocks of community.


Monday, March 1, 2021

2nd Sunday in Lent, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

If one is reading straight through the book of Genesis, arriving at chapter 17 could easily be seen as a serious letdown. However, a closer look at the context of the chapter suggests that its placement here has importance to the ongoing tale of the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel.

Monday, February 22, 2021

1st Sunday in Lent, Genesis 9:8-17

After an especially heavy and frightening cloudburst, the rainbow soothes and makes plain the safety all may feel when the clouds part and the torrents of water end.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

4th Sunday of Advent December 20, 2020 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

There can be no search for power over others for followers of Jesus. I find the relationship of David and Jesus to be fraught with dangers too many to enumerate, and hope that next Advent the collectors of the lectionary will do all they can to avoid this connection.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

2nd Sunday of Advent December 6, 2020 Isaiah 40:1-11

There has never been an Advent series of texts that does not include Is.40. The plangent opening lines, “Comfort, comfort, my people,” shape the very essence of the coming birth of Jesus and its attendant beauty and wonder.

Sunday, December 6, 2020