Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)
The prophet mourns over the suffering of his people He longs for healing for those who seek it, and is heartsick for those who have died among them.
Amos calls out those who are engaged in price fixing, and who exploit the poor for personal gain. In short, God is going to kick their collective asses for taking advantage of the por and using their power for selfish means.
The Psalmist speaks in no uncertain terms about how profoundly God’s people have screwed up. And yet, there is a plea for mercy, a confession of sin in the faint hope that God’s wrath will not endure forever.
A song of praise to a God of justice, who raises up the suffering and marginalized and makes level the social playing field, so to speak. This God is an equalizing force, lifting up the lowly and humbling the great.
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Paul is urging Timothy to lead his fellow Christians in prayer, particularly for those in positions of power. He urges them not to pray for their destruction, but rather for their salvation, because the God revealed by Jesus offers such healing and salvation to all.
Jesus tells a story about a money manager who is being fired by his boss for mishandling the funds. In a final act of self-preservation, the manager goes to those who owe his master a debt and cuts each of them a deal, so that they will be grateful to him and welcomed him into their homes and he is without a job. Jesus commends this kind of shrewdness, and also notes that we cannot serve both God and wealth.
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