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Sunday Scripture Reflection: 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12-19

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

On this Seventh Sunday after Pentecost we will be exploring the story of King David and a large gathering of people, celebrating the goodness of God with great enthusiasm and joy...including dancing! This does not come without controversy, but the joy of God's goodness is undeniable, and cannot be contained...both in worship and in the practice of our daily lives. We will explore both aspects of praising God - worship and daily life.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Mark. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Prior to reading the Scripture lesson assigned for today, it is important to understand that during the time of the event described in our lesson, King David was taking over the northern tribes of Israel. These tribes were the last remnant of the reign of King Saul and his son, and David's wife, Michal, was the daughter of King Saul. King David is portrayed as someone filled with joy and praise, but the true complexion of the David's kingdom was more complicated.

  • After reading the assigned Scripture for the day, consider if any particular words or phrases stood out for you. Consider the joy and dancing of King David - what do you think made him so happy, and do you think it is appropriate for David to be so joyful? Consider your answer regarding David's joy; and now consider your answer if you were an Israelite of the northern tribes, watching the Ark of God being brought south to the city of Jerusalem - how would you feel about David's dancing now?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, consider David's decision to bring the ark to Jerusalem. What do you think of the author's idea that the movement of the Ark symbolizes a "new regime" and a new time in Israel's history? Do you think David moved the Ark of God for his own purposes?

  • After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's statement: "Worship - no matter how exuberant is may be - absent praxis (action) is worthless." How is David's distribution of food to the people doing God's work? How is David's distribution of food helpful to David and the popularity of his reign?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, consider the many different styles of liturgical expression: music and dancing; contemplative silence; plain chant - these are just a few expressions. Reflect on your preferred style of worship and why that has great meaning for you.

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, consider ways in which our liturgical expressions of worship can be used as the motivation to go out into the world and do God's work.

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