Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today
NL Daily Devotion for Monday, September 3, 2018
by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff
We don't offer burnt offerings in worship anymore. Thank goodness too—could you imagine the stink?!
What other forms of self-righteousness do we offer? I'm hesitant to write a list, because there are so many. Most of us, if we really put our minds to it, can come up with our own personal list how we justify our behavior before God.
The message today is clear and simple: do justice; love kindness; walk humbly. Even then, those actions don't justify us—they're just what God calls us to do.
Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:
Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”
“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?