This Week's Bible Topic
King David danced to express his joy in God's blessing. Herodias had
her daughter dance to get power over Herod for her own vengeful
reasons. We can choose to move closer to, or further away from, God.
May we listen closely to the divine music, and dance with abandon and
joy, though it lead us into dangerous places. For we are the only ones
who can dance the dance, and the music lasts forever.
Bible Verses for this week:
2 Samuel 6:1-2
David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 David 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.
2 Samuel 6:5
David 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
2 Samuel 6:12-19
It was told King David, "The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom
and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and
brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David
with rejoicing; 13 and when those who bore the ark of the Lord
had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 David
danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen
ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the
ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
As 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.
They 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. 18 When 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, 19 and
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.
King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some were saying,
"John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these
powers are at work in him." 15But others said, "It is Elijah."
And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." 16But when Herod heard of it, he said, "John, whom I beheaded,
has been raised." 17For Herod himself had sent men who arrested
John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother
Philip's wife, because Herod had married her. 18For John had
been telling Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 19And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him.
But she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was
a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was
greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. 21But an
opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his
courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22When
his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests;
and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will
give it." 23And he solemnly swore to her, "Whatever you ask me,
I will give you, even half of my kingdom." 24She went out and
said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" She replied, "The head of John
the baptizer." 25Immediately she rushed back to the king and
requested, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a
platter." 26The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for
his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27
Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring
John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28brought
his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to
her mother. 29When his disciples heard about it, they came and
took his body, and laid it in a tomb.