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.

Location: Amherst, Virginia, United States

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Profaned No Longer: Bible Comment on Ezekiel 38 with poem translated by E. A. Wallis Budge, The One God

Daily Readings
Psalm 102, I Samuel 8, Ezekiel 38, John 17

Daily Text: Ezekiel 38

Profaned No Longer
Who is Gog? Prince of the land of Magog. Where is Magog? Surely there must be an historical reference. Gog is the leader of a coalition of nations, many of them known. But even if a match can be made between Gog and a prince, between Magog and a nation there is no known tie to Israel. Surely there must be an historical reference.

The purposes of God in leading this prince to invade Israel are spelled out. The divine name that has been profaned will be profaned no longer. Gog will march on Israel, defenceless Israel, and be thrashed by earthquake, fire and storm. God will be God, not only to Israel, but before the nations of the world.

The One God
Ancient Egyptian hymn
Tr. by E. A. Wallis Budge

God is One and Alone, and there is none other with him.
God is the One, the One who has made all things.
God is a Spirit, a hidden Spirit, the Spirit of Spirits, the great Spirit of Egypt,
the divine Spirit.
God is from the beginning, and has existed from the beginning.
He is the primeval One, and existed when as yet nothing existed:
He existed when as yet there was nothing, and whatever is,
He made it after He was. He is the Father of Beginnings….
God is hidden, and no one hath perceived his form, no one hath fathomed his likeness,
He is hidden in respect of Gods and men, and is a mystery to his creatures.
God is the Truth…He is the King of Truth.
God is Life and man lives through him alone….
God is Father and Mother: the Father of fathers, and the Mother of mothers.
God begets, but He is not begotten….
He begets Himself, and gives birth to Himself: He makes, but is not made….
That which emanates from his heart is performed immediately, and when He has once
spoken, it actually comes to pass, and endures for ever and ever.

Collect for the Day
God of unchanging mercy, look with compassion upon all who suffer: the sick and the friendless, the homeless and the captive, the weary and the depressed. Be present to them in the power of your healing love; give them health, comfort, and hope; and bring them to share in the life of your risen Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. [476:841:102 Psalm prayer]


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