Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 178

The scriptures read are Esther 9-10, Psalm 145 and 2 Corinthians 4.

Esther 9-10. The dreaded day comes but it is a reverse massacre, not of the Jews but of their enemies.And we get an explanation of the name and duration of Purim.

Did you notice what was missing? Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not mention God. Or indeed anything religious.

Psalm 145. Another acrostic psalm, using the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The subject is God's surpassing goodness to all. I especially like verse 14: "The Lord supports all who stumble, and makes all who are bent stand straight."

2 Corinthians 4. Paul reminds his readers that the good news is not centered on him and his band of missionaries but on Jesus. That's clear to all but the spiritually blind. We on the other hand are flooded with God's light, though we are fragile vessels of it. But that gives us the strength to bounce back when life knocks us down. The thing to remember is that what is visible now is temporary; what is invisible is eternal.

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