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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Friday, June 30, 2006

Infallibility and Faith: Bible Comment on Ezekiel 29 with poem by Henry David Thoreau, Inspiration

Daily Readings
Psalm 93 Ruth 4 Ezekiel 29 John 9

Daily Text: Ezekiel 29

Infallibility and Faith
Ezekiel 29 describes how the prophecies against Tyre were not fulfilled; in fact, God gives Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar to make up for the plunder he did not find at Tyre! Eichrodt [503:410] points out that infallible these prophecies are not, but Ezekiel appears unconcerned. It is as if he relies only on the LORD and whether the words of the prophecies are fulfilled in their entirety is not his concern. As indeed, it is not. No more is it ours.

Verse 21 is a pointer to tell the prophet that he will have opportunity to tell of God’s success when the prophecy against Egypt is fulfilled. Eichrodt suggests that this is his last prophecy against the nations and he never has the opportunity of announcing God’s victory. I like his pointing to the passage in Hebrew 11:39 indicating that Ezekiel, too, was one who did not live to see the promise, although, he like us, could always live by faith [503:412].

from Inspiration
Henry David Thoreau

If with light head erect I sing,
Though all the Muses lend their force,
From my poor love of anything,
The verse is weak and shallow as its source.

But if with bended neck I grope,
Listening behind me for my wit,
With faith superior to hope,
More anxious to keep back than forward it,--

Making my soul accomplice there
Unto the flame my heart hath lit,
Then will the verse forever wear,--
Time cannot bend the line that God hath writ.

I hearing get, who had but ears,
And sight, who had but eyes before;
I moments live, who lived but years,
And truth discern, who knew but learning’s lore.

Collect for the Day
Blessed are you, Lord God, king of the universe; in awe and wonder we bow before the mystery of your power and might, for you are Lord for ever and ever.
[476:831:93 Psalm prayer]


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