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Lectionary Reflection

Year B, Proper 14
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading

Deuteronomy 8: 1-10

This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. The clothes on your back did not wear out and your feet did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a parent disciplines a child so the Lord your God disciplines you. Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

 

Reflection on Deuteronomy 8: 1-10
by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

God led the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness teaching them that they were dependent on God alone. Their faith was tested, and rewarded when they had learned to walk in the way of the Lord. They were told of a promised land--a good land where God would lead them, with streams and springs of fresh water, a place where grains would grow, and trees and vines would produce fruit. The rocks of the hills would yield iron and copper. It was God's gift, this promise of a good land. How often we take these gifts for granted! Everything that pollutes the air or water, making it less usable for living beings devalues this gift from the creator. The Israelites were told they would eat their fill and bless the Lord their God for the good land they had been given. How often we eat our fill and neglect to bless the Lord, and neglect to preserve the good land that is God's gift to us!

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The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten was deacon emeritus at and an active member of St. Andrew's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2003. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:


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Lectionary Reflection
Year B, Proper 14, Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading

Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD . Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land-a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.

Reflection on Deuteronomy 8:1-10
by the Rev Dcn Helen Hanten

God led the Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness teaching them that they were dependent on God alone.  Their faith was tested, and rewarded when they had learned to walk in the way of the Lord.  They were told of a promised land--a good land where God would lead them, with streams and springs of fresh water, a place where grains would grow, and trees and vines would produce fruit.  The rocks of the hills would yield iron and copper.  It was God's gift, this promise of a good land.  How often we take these gifts for granted!  Everything that pollutes the air or water, making it less usable for living beings devalues this gift from the creator.  The Israelites were told they would eat their fill and bless the Lord their God for the good land they had been given.  How often we eat our fill and neglect to bless the Lord, and neglect to preserve the good land that is God's gift to us! 

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Rev Dcn Helen Hanten is a deacon emeritus of St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN. She originally wrote this reflection in 2003.  Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Rev Dcn Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
 
 
MEESC
c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

The MEESC assumes that all correspondence received is for publication on this web site. If your comments are not for publication, please so note on your correspondence. The MEESC reserves the right to decide which items are included on the website.


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