Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)
The prophet Jeremiah explains the experience of being anointed by God to speak on God’s behalf and to have power over the nations. He explains that God knew him since before he was born, and God will not hear his complaints of inadequacy. God assures Jeremiah that he will have what he needs for the job.
The prophet Isaiah offers a promise of renewal and rejuvenation from God to the people of Israel. But in order for this blessing to come, they must choose themselves to remove the un-godlike attitudes and actions from their midst. The promise of blessing is certain, and they are the only things keeping themselves from it.
A prayer offered to God, seeking rescue and refuge from the world. The psalmist acknowledges that God has been with him since the moment of his creation.
a song of praise to God for offering rejuvenation and renewal; a return to use, as it were. God is just, compassionate, slow to anger and abundant in love.
The apostle Paul offers words of wisdom to the early church. He reminds them of their history, of the covenants between God and Moses, and God and Abel. He reminds them of the importance of heeding the words of the prophets, and how this was essential to the delivery of the people of Israel from destruction. He notes that this new covenant offered by Jesus is even more important and binding, as are his words of warning not to cling too tightly to the material world. Jesus notes that these things ultimately will fade away, and that the unimportant things of the world will be consumed by divine fire. What is left will be the incorruptible, unshakable Kingdom of God, of which they are invited to be a part.
Jesus gets in trouble with the leaders of the synagogue for healing a crippled woman on the Sabbath. He calls them out as hypocrites, since each of them would care for their animals on the Sabbath. Shouldn’t, then, this woman who is seeking out God’s healing be afforded at least the same compassion that a vulnerable animal would be sure. His critics are silenced and the crowd praised him.
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