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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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Peace Where There is No Peace: Bible Comment on Ezekiel 13 with poem by George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron, Bryde of Abydos

Daily Readings
Psalm 86, Judges 8:33-9:57, Ezekiel 12:21-13:23 Tobit 7

Daily Text: Ezekiel 12:21-13:23

Peace Where There is No Peace
In the beginning of our passage YHWH is dealing with the tendency of the people to put little stock in Ezekiel’s and other’s visions, for they did not seem to come to pass—‘every vision comes to nothing’ (12:22). The LORD is not pleased. He will change that so that they do come to pass and come to pass in the lifetime of the hearers. Chapter 13 then deals with those prophets and soothsayers who have no word from God and exacerbate the problem. Ezekiel is to prophecy against both male false prophets and female soothsayers or magicians. Necromancy is not too strong a word for the females for they are trusting to wrist bands, veils, scattering bread crumbs and handfuls of barley and then ‘reading’ the omens and putting people to death or letting them live on the basis of the ‘signs.’ All in all, the LORD is addressing the entire context of this problem of visions and ‘words’ from God not being taken seriously. In the end, foolishness, such as lies like saying “Peace where there is no peace,” must come to an end. Such prophets will be banned from the people of God, they will be banished from the land, some of them will die in their own foolishness, foolishness such as whitewashing a weak wall rather than strengthening it with real mortar and heavy plaster coatings. They will fall, says the LORD and the prophets will be trapped beneath them. And because Ezekiel is giving my words concerning deluges of rain, hailstones and storm winds, the prophets, if not the people, will know that I am God and that their failure to truly represent me is the cause of their demise.

Bryde of AbydosC. I. xx
George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron

Mark! Where his carnage and his conquests cease!
He makes a solitude, and calls it—peace.

Collect for the Day
God of mercy, fill us with the love of your name, and help us to proclaim you before the world, that all peoples may celebrate your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.
[476:820:86 Psalm prayer]


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