Posted by: Pauline | October 20, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday October 26

2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5

This is the third time David has been anointed as king. The first time was in secret, when Samuel anointed David at God’s direction, when David was still a youth. Then when David was in his early twenties, the people of Judah (David’s own tribe) chose to follow him and anointed him as king. Now the rest of the tribes have recognized David as a good leader and as God’s choice to rule over them, and at age thirty he finally reigns over all of Israel.

One of David’s first acts as king is to bring the Ark of God to the city he has chosen as the capital. Now Jerusalem will be both the political and religious center of the nation. This is an occasion for great rejoicing by the people.

Psalm 150

David is not named as the author of this psalm but tradition associates it with him. Certainly it would fit in with the celebration at the beginning of 2 Samuel 6, including most of the instruments that were used. It is an exuberant song of praise, the celebration of those who know God and His greatness.

Mark 11:7-11

The people welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem seem to have had much the same joy as David and his people when they brought the ark to Jerusalem. The ark symbolized the presence of God, and while the people who welcomed Jesus may not have realized how literally they were welcoming God into the city, they clearly were touched by the presence and power of God in their midst.


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