Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 254

The scriptures read are Jeremiah 34-35, Psalm 58 and James 1.

Jeremiah 34. God sends a message to Zedekiah that assures him that while the Babylonians win and take him captive, he will die a peaceful death.

But then the king decides to free Hebrews that are slaves, as he should after every 7 years. But then the king thinks better of it. This reneging on human responsibility caused God to renege on his promise to spare the king.

Jeremiah 35. Jeremiah describes this odd clan that does only what their grandfather told them to do. Why can't Israel and Judah be that obedient to their God?

Psalm 58. Couldn't find any decent sung versions. Here is an instrumental version with the words.

James 1. There are no wisdom books in the New Testament except the book of James. As I did in Proverbs, I'm to just pick out a few of the verses that stick out: "God is impervious to evil and put's evil in no one's way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us."

"God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger."

"Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world."

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