Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2 Samuel 7:1-14a

Year B - Pentecost +8 or Energy to Witness 8
July 19, 2015


We begin with “the Lord” taking care of David’s enemies. This also a continuation of G*D settling in to a people and now a place (a false Eden?).

The promise here is the lovely one of the Israelites being beyond disturbances. They can settle back free from external enemies (forgotten here are the internal ones of someone seeking power and basic greed setting person against person).

We end with that dreamed of promise  that G*D will, like a parent, always look out for us so we don’t have to.

If we were to make it all the way to the end of verse 14 we would find this ominous word that proves to be all too needed: “When you commit iniquity, I will punish you with violence from others now contained.”

When the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Dependency’s dark side is not safety and security, but punishment. This is another reason the image needed is partnership (with all its attendant frustrations) not parenting.


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