Posted by: Pauline | July 29, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 5

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

Interpreters of this passage differ on whether they think David’s sin with Bathsheba was an open secret, perhaps as a result of palace gossip, and Nathan was the only person who dared confront the king, or if David had reason to think he had successfully covered up his adultery and subsequent murder of Uriah, and only divine revelation enabled Nathan to expose the sordid mess.

Either way, David realized there was no more hiding his sin. If Psalm 32 was written in connection with this incident, as some think it was, then David had been suffering physically and emotionally as well as spiritually because of his sin and attempt to cover it up. It would have been a relief, in some ways, to finally have that particular misery over with, even though God’s judgment would still bring devastating consequences to David and his family.

John 6:24-35

For those of us whose knowledge of Jesus has always included knowing his as “the bread of life,” it can be hard to understand how strange a concept that would have been to those who first heard Jesus say it. And for those of us whose refrigerators and cupboards are stocked with such a variety of food that some meals do not include bread in any form, it can be hard to grasp just what “bread” meant to people in Jesus’ time.

For them, to have bread was to have life. It was the staple of their diet (and provided better nutrition than the bread many of us eat today). The metaphor of Jesus as the bread of life has multiple layers of meaning, but at the minimum it tells us that Jesus is the source of our spiritual life.

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