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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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Reversal of Fortune: Bible Comment on Obadiah with poem from the Arabian, Three Things Come Not Back

Daily Readings
Wisdom of Solomon 17, I Samuel 29, Obadiah, Galatians 1

Daily Text: Obadiah

Reversal of Fortune
The theme of Obadiah is unrelievedly the audacity of Judah’s brother nation, Edom, to not only gloat over Jerusalem’s fall in 585, but to participate fully in it. Edom who was Judah’s ally! Over and over again, almost in disbelief, Obadiah says, ‘You should not have….’ Edom is a nation whose forebearer was Esau, while Judah was Jacob. Jacob and Esau were twins. Jacob, of course, supplanted Esau by tricking him out of his birthright and his father’s blessing. Jacob always suspected that Esau would take his revenge, but in Jacob’s time Esau is only accepting. But now, Edom is doing what Jacob had always expected, betraying him in return. But Jacob has God’s favor and Edom’s actions are unacceptable, if nigh unbelievable. And it will be tit for tat. While Edom tried to kill even Jerusalem’s survivors, it will be the few survivors of Judah who will possess the lands of the completely decimated Edom. The tables will turn, the LORD will out.

Three Things Come Not Back
From the Arabian

Remember three things come not back:
The arrow sent upon its track—
It will not swerve, it will not stay
Its speed; it flies to wound, or slay
The spoken word so soon forgot
By thee; but it has perished not;
In other hearts ‘tis living still
And doing work for good or ill.
And the lost opportunity
That cometh back no more to thee,
In vain thou weepest, in vain dost yearn,
Those three will nevermore return.

Collect for the Day
When your friends betrayed you, Lord,
you took their sin upon yourself
and forgave them.
Please forgive us when we betray those we love
and when we betray you,
for without your forgiveness
our lives will become bitter and sad.
We are sorry, O God.
O God, please forgive…



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