Friday, September 6, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 249

The scriptures read are Jeremiah 22-24, Psalm 54 and Hebrews 10.

Jeremiah 22. God offers to save the Davidic kings if they do one thing: reestablish justice. Stick up for the little guy, the defenseless ones, namely the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, those cheated and exploited and oppressed, the poor and the needy. But they can't be bothered. So God can't be bothered to save the last of David's royal line. How's our score card on these folks?

Jeremiah 23. God condemns the leaders who mistreat his people, as bad shepherds would do with the sheep entrusted to them. He predicts the coming of a king from David's line who will be just. This king will be called 'The Lord our Righteous Savior." Sound like someone we know?

God goes off on the lying prophets and priests. They are hypocrites and they should be warning everyone with a brain rather than warming everybody's hearts with feel-good platitudes and false reassurances. God will get them for misrepresenting him.

Jeremiah 24. A parable about figs, good and bad. Guess what they represent?

Psalm 54. And now for something completely different: an hypnotic version of this psalm in Hindi.

Hebrews 10. Jesus superseded the old sacrificial system. He carves God's law into our hearts. He gives us direct access to God. We really can't turn our back on this. And if following Jesus is tough, so be it. We can hang on.

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