A new kind of king

2 Samuel 11:1-15; John 6:1-21

I appreciate the lectionary’s knack for relating Old and New Testament texts, but I have no idea why King David’s adultery with Bathsheba is coupled with Jesus feeding the 5,000 and walking on water. Perhaps the intent is to contrast the bad behavior of David with the admirable acts of the Son of David. King David not only absconded with another man’s wife—he had the husband killed too. Jesus, on the other hand, took a boy’s lunch and multiplied it to feed a multitude. Maybe the idea is to retrace Jesus’ ancestry. For those who believe that their own bad behavior is beyond the reach of grace, being reminded that Jesus redeemed some pretty rotten branches on his own family tree offers hope. Or perhaps the point is to discourage us from thinking that what we really need is a strong political leader. King David was powerful, but he never walked on water.


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