When Leaders Lose Their Way | Visual Resources for Both Lectionaries on November 5, 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 November 5, 2023.  The RCL begins the story of Joshua with the crossing of the Jordan River.  The second reading is Micah 3. The third reading marks the third week in 1 Thessalonians. The Gospel is Matthew 23:1-12 where Jesus speaks boldly to the crowd against the hypocrisy and failure of the religious leaders in Jerusalem. The NL explores the story of Elijah and his confrontation with the corrupt leaders of Israel and the prophets of Baal.  The Gospel reading is Mark 9:2-4, the Transfiguration. I titled this post “When Leaders Lose Their Way” because both lectionaries have strong prophets speaking truth to corrupt power.

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Revised Common Lectionary

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

November 5

Joshua 3:7-17 and Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

Micah 3:5-12 and Psalm 43

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Matthew 23:1-12

I don’t have any specific visuals for the Joshua or Micah texts this week.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

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 23:1-12. Jesus warns the crowd to not follow the religious leaders because they are hypocrites.

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

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Narrative Lectionary

The NL jumps from the division of the Kingdom last week to the story of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal in Israel in 1 Kings 18:17-39 this week. This is a difficult passage because of the violence Elijah calls down from God. The last time I preached this passage I did a visual guide to try to wrestle with this text and read it in light of what happens in chapter 19. The bottom line is that the leaders of Israel were corrupt and things weren’t good for anyone.

How Do We Deal With the Violence in 1 Kings 18?

The Gospel is Mark 9:2-4. The Transfiguration when Jesus speaks with Elijah.

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