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A History of God’s Love

Submitted by on Friday, 12 August 2011One Comment

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Joshua 24:1-13
  • Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 136
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 19:3-12

The outline of Joshua 24

  • the gathering at Sichem (1)
  • Joshua’s recital of saving events
    • Call of Abraham; the birth of Isaac(2-3)
    • Isaac and Jacob and Esau(4-5)
    • Israel called out from Egypt; the sojourn in the desert (6-7)
    • Israel against Amor and Moab; the blessing of Balaam (8-10)
    • The crossing of the Jordan and the possession of the land (11-13)
  • Conclusion of the recitation of saving events: Serve the Lord (14-15)
  • Response of the people (16-18)
  • The people validate their response (19-24)
  • Renewal of the Covenant (25-28)
  • Death and burial of Joshua (29-31)
  • The remains of Joseph and the death of Eleazar (32-33)

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One can see that for the most part, Joshua 24 the last chapter of the book of Joshua is  taken up by the Covenant Renewal at Shechem, now Tell Balata. For the selection today, we read Joshua’s recital of saving events. He reviews the history of God’s history with Israel from the time of the Fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with a special mention of the people from Seir, descendants of Esau, Jacob’s brother. The history from the Exodus to the possession of the land is recalled in just a few verses, but the important declaration is that all of these have been done by God for His people. The whole history of Israel then, is a history of God’s gracious dealing with His people. The fidelity and loyalty of Israel to His Covenant is its response to His graciousness.

For the importance of Shechem in the History of Israel, see this article from StudyLight.

For the Gospel reading, read this article: Divorce is not God’s Will (Matthew 19:3-12)

Joshua 24:1-13
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1And Josue gathered together all the tribes of Israel in Sichem, and called for the ancients, and the princes, and the judges, and the masters: and they stood in the sight of the Lord:
2And he spoke thus to the people: Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel: Your fathers dwelt of old on the other side of the river, Thare the father of Abraham, and Nachor: and they served strange gods.
3And I took your father Abraham from the borders of Mesopotamia: and brought him into the land of Chanaan: and I multiplied his seed,
4And gave him Isaac: and to him again I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave to Esau mount Seir for his possession: but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
5And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I struck Egypt with many signs and wonders.
6And I brought you and your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea: and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen, as far as the Red Sea.
7And the children of Israel cried to the Lord: and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them. Your eyes saw all that I did in Egypt, and you dwelt in the wilderness a long time:
8And I brought you into the land of the Amorrhite, who dwelt beyond the Jordan. And when they fought against you, I delivered them into your hands, and you possessed their land, and slew them.
9And Balac son of Sephor king of Moab arose and fought against Israel. And he sent and called for Balaam son of Beor, to curse you:
10And I would not hear him, but on the contrary I blessed you by him, and I delivered you out of his hand.
11And you passed over the Jordan, and you came to Jericho. And the men of that city fought against you, the Amorrhite, and the Pherezite, and the Chanaanite, and the Hethite, and the Gergesite, and the Hevite, and the Jebusite: and I delivered them into your hands.
12And I sent before you hornets: and I drove them out from their places, the two kings of the Amorrhites, not with thy sword nor with thy bow.
13And I gave you a land, in which you had not laboured, and cities to dwell in which you built not, vineyards and oliveyards, which you planted not.
Matthew 19:3-12
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3And there came to him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said:
5For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.
6Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
7They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?
8He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
10His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.
11Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given.
12For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother's womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.
Matthew 19:3-12
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3And there came to him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said:
5For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.
6Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
7They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?
8He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
10His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.
11Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given.
12For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother's womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.

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