Tuesday, May 17, 2011

1 Peter 2:1-10 - The Epistle Lectionary Passage for Sunday, May 22, 2011

This is the NRVS translation of the lectionary epistle lesson for Sunday. This is also the passage I'll preach at Cove. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.


1Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” 8and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

1 comment:

  1. In this weeks lesson we again examine the subject of "resurrected living" or "Living This Side of the Open Tomb."
    I call this one LIVING IN THE LIGHT. There are many ways this subject can be outlines. A simple one would be:
    1. Come Out of the Darkness!
    2. Come into the light of Christ and faith;
    3. Reflect the light.
    Certainly verse 9b "...that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

    There is much said of stones and spiritual houses (buildings) here, and one may wonder how all this fits. I think of it in terms of the great cathedrals of the middle ages and beyond. At first they were dark places. Hugh stone walls kept the light out. In time new ideas (like flying buttresses) enabled the builders to break up the stone walls and to insert beautiful stained glass windows in those walls. These windows not only let in the physical light, but also allowed the largely illiterate people to see spiritual light. The windows told the stories of the faith, of the baptism, death and resurrection of Christ, of his miracles and compassion in feeding the people, and of his agony in the garden. These stories people took home with them, and the light spread.

    John Henry Newman, who wrote the marvelous hymn (see our Red Hymnbook) "Lead Kindly Light"
    Lead Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
    Lead Thou me on; the night is dark and I am far from home;
    Lead Thou me on....etc.
    (there is a great story of faith here behind this hymn that time and space do not permit me to tell, but you can look it up.)
    (Newman) once prayed this beautiful prayer that we all might pray:

    "Dear Jesus,
    help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.
    Flood my soul with your Spirit and life.
    Penetrate and possess my being so utterly
    that my life may only be a radiance of yours.
    Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,
    so to shine as to be a light to others;
    the light, O Jesus, will be all from you,
    none of it will be mine;
    it will be you shining on others through me.
    Let me thus praise you in the way you love best,
    by shining on those around me."