A Divided Kingdom | Visual Resources for Both Lectionaries on October 29, 2023

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Visual Resources for the Lectionaries

This post offers visual resources for the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary for October 29, 2023.  The RCL jumps to the end of Deuteronomy and the death of Moses.  The second reading is Leviticus 19 where Jesus gets his “and the second is like it.” The third reading marks the second week in 1 Thessalonians. The Gospel is Matthew 22:34-46 where Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment. The NL explores the story Rehoboam and Jeroboam in 1 Kings.  The Gospel reading in Mark 10:42-45, the Transfiguration. I titled this post “A Divided Kingdom” primarily because of the NL reading. However, Jesus’ naming of the greatest commandments, centered on Love, is what divides loyalties.

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Revised Common Lectionary

Here are quick links to all the texts for this week:

October 29

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 and Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 and Psalm 1

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Matthew 22:34-46

I don’t have any specific visuals for the Deuteronomy or Leviticus texts this week. 

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Acts 17:1-15 gives context for the church in Thessalonica. This is page 28 of A Cartoonist’s Guide to Acts.

The RCL Gospel Reading is Matthew 22:34–46. Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment.

This image comes from page 16 in A Cartoonist’s Guide to Matthew.

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Narrative Lectionary

The NL jumps from David’s unification of the Kingdom last week to his grandson Rehoboam’s division of the kingdom this week in 1 Kings 12:1-17. It will be important to tell the story of how Solomon built the wealth and power of the kingdom, along with the Temple, through the over-taxation and servitude of the people and breaking all the laws regarding a king in the Laws of Moses. Rehoboam doubles down on tyranny and the kingdom is irreparably divided.

The Gospel is Mark 11:8–10. The Triumphal Entry.

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