Bible Cliff’s Notes (My dog ate my Bible!)
Respite from the droughts and plagues of locusts has finally arrived. Rains have returned and the earth is yielding food in abundance. Time of judgment is over and God’s people are now entering a time of restoration and of plenty.
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
Jeremiah is doing two things in this text. First, he offers a prayer of confession for the sinfulness of the people of Israel. He speaks on their behalf to God, and begs for mercy. Then, Jeremiah basically calls God out, holding God to God’s own covenant with Israel. Ones God not to break this promise, and even suggests that, within the persistence of suffering of his people, perhaps God has abandoned them. And yet Jeremiah holds out hope.
A song of praise to God four gods provision in great abundance and for God’s tireless mercy when we stray from the path of righteousness.
The psalmist longs so deeply for communion with God that they are enraptured by the very thought. It notes that even the least of God’s creatures are cared for, which is a testament to God’s care for all creation.
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
In his letter to Timothy, Paul indicates that his days on earth are numbered. He likens the conclusion of his life to the pouring out of a cup as an offering of communion. He notes that, when he was on trial, no one came to advocate for him. And yet, he prays that God will not hold this against any of them. Even in his imprisonment, Paul has found the strength to testify about his faith to those who hold him captive. He trusts that God will care for him until his final day.
Jesus tells a parable to those who hold themselves in higher regard over others. He compares a religious leader to a tax collector; the latter would be reviled in his community, and the first, revered. But when the religious leader prays, he only thinks God that he is better than everyone else, whereas the tax collector seeks forgiveness and humility.
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