Fr. James' Lectionary

The Lectionary is both a reading program for completing all of Holy Scripture on a one year schedule, and a daily comment on a portion of the day's reading wedded to a poem to give an added perspective on the theme.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Double Iniquity: Bible Commentary on Hosea 10 with poem from the Bhagavad Gita, Give Me Your Whole Heart

Daily Readings
Job 19 Exodus 7:1-24 Hosea 10 I Thessalonians 3

Daily Text: Hosea 10

Double Iniquity
Hosea 10 draws a scene of Israel willingly being trained to live in obedience while in the wilderness, and as a result the Lord led her into his own land. Once established there, the former slave peoples prospered with grain and the fruit of the vine until that very prosperity led them astray to build pillars and calves of idolatry as well as altars unto the LORD. Since they have developed false or double hearts, the LORD will destroy both.

In addition rather than serve the LORD as king, they, at Gibeah, anointed Saul as their king and rejected God’s kingship in the process. There their sin began in Saul’s annointing as well as an earlier sin of the Levite against his own concubine. Such double iniquity has continued and will be punished by God and their enemies. Samaria’s king has become a figurehead, a king who is no king. Fearing neither the LORD or trusting their weakling kings, the people will suffer the wrath of God. They could turn around sow righteousness and reap love, but, in fact, they will not. On some fine morning the king will be cut off and the nation’s life will be ended.

Give Me Your Whole Heart
From “The Bhagavad Gitâ”

Give me your whole heart,
Love and adore me,
Worship me always,
Bow to me only,
And you shall find me:
This is my promise
Who love you dearly.
Lay down all duties
In me, your refuge.
Fear no longer,
For I will save you
From sin and from bondage.
From the Sanskrit, 5th to 2nd
centuries B. C.,
tr. By Swami Prabhavananda
and Christopher Isherwood
395:199

Collect for the Day
Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with free hearts those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
[BCP 228:Proper 2]

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