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, September 15, 2006

Matter of Identification: Bible Comment on II Chronicles 19 with poem by John Oxenham, Hearts Courageous

Daily Readings
Sirach 6, I Kings 21, II Chronicles 19, Jeremiah 19

Daily Text: II Chronicles 19

Matter of Identification
Hanani’s challenge to Jehoshaphat’s foray with Ahab rings down through the centuries to the present: “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD?” It is a matter of identification, not necessarily association. He identified Ahab’s interests with his own (cf. 18:3) and the LORD was far from sympathetic. So II Chronicles 19 opens with Jehoshaphat being rebuked. Far from allowing himself to be undercut in his service to the LORD by his previous failure, he moves immediately to continue his teaching work throughout Judah, Benjamin and in Ephraim where he had jurisdiction. Putting the past behind him and moving forward into a godly future was no small matter. He continually brought the people back to following their ancestral God. He also appointed judges in the cities of the realm including Jerusalem the capital, calling on them to let their work reflect the teaching of the LORD. At every point he charges them with being open and accountable before the God of Judah.

Hearts Courageous
John Oxenham


Foes in plenty we shall meet,
Hearts courageous scorn defeat,
So we press with eager feet
Up, and On.

Ever onward to the fight,
Ever upward to the Light,
Ever true to God and Right,--
Up!—and On!

Collect for the Day
From that which we fear, O Lord, make us fearless.
O bounteous One, assist us with your aid.
Drive far the malevolent, the foeman.

May the atmosphere we breathe
breathe fearlessness into us:
fearlessness on earth
and fearlessness in heaven!
May fearlessness guard us
behind and before!
May fearlessness surround us
above and below!
May we be without fear
of friend and foe!
May we be without fear
of the known and the unknown!
May we be without fear
by night and by day!
Let all the world be my friend!

[286:283:858 from India]


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