“Shall We Dance?” (2 Samuel 6, Matthew 11), Sunday August 23, 2020

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Our first reading is from 2nd Samuel, chapter 6 verses 1 through 2, 5, and 12 through 19. Listen to God’s word.

1David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim. 5David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

12So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; 13and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart. 17They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord. 18When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, 19and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men, and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.

Our second reading comes from the good news according to Matthew, chapter 11 verses 16 through 19.

And Jesus said,

16“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Here ends our readings, May God bless our hearing, understanding, and living of these words.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Shall We Dance?” (2 Samuel 6, Matthew 11), Sunday, August 23, 2020

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