July 22, 2012
Second Samuel 7:1-14a
In his battles and politics David has been guided by God, who speaks to him directly. But now there appears a prophet named Nathan, who sometimes brings God’s messages to David. Through Nathan’s intersession, God makes a covenant with David, another of those lop-sided covenants in which God promises all and asks nothing in return. God will bring David peace, and he will establish a son on the throne after David dies. This son will build the Jerusalem Temple. The son who survived the family quarrels and became king and built the Temple was Solomon.
I find it hard to imagine why our bishops give us so many passages about Paul’s converting gentiles (non-Jews) and trying to convince them that Jesus, who was a Jew, is really their savior. What lesson are we supposed to draw? I understand that it was the major religious issue for Paul and his contemporaries, but today few gentile Christian are worried that they were not born Jewish.
Arthur H. Cash is a historian and distinguished professor emeritus, State University of New York at New Paltz.