This week we are reading passages that are written in a time when Israel has now come to possess the land that God has promised to them. God was faithful to Joshua and led the people to the land that was flowing with milk and honey. He was fulfilling the promise he had made to Abraham. But the people fail to be a blessing to others and fail to live in the way they were called to. In Amos we read how Israel is oppressing the poor and weak, treating them much like they were treated when they were slaves in Egypt. In Jonah we see the lengths Jonah would go in order not to go to his enemy, instead preferring Nineveh’s destruction.
Then when we look in the New Testament in Matthew 23, Jesus is criticizing the leaders of the Jews who similarly are not living as a blessing to those around.
This last Sunday I preached on Jonah, looking closely at his reluctance to even be a possible blessing to his enemy. The good news is that we have one who willingly came to his own enemies and sacrificed himself for us.
If you’re interested in reading the sermon, you can find it here.
Tomorrow I’ll be preaching on Revelation 5. And I’m trying to keep it to just that. Although I’d like to go on about more of the book, the sermon would be so long.
I’m mostly done at this point, but are there things about Revelation you have questions about? What have you learned previously? Before you started reading, did you have any preconceived notions about what Revelation was about? Enjoying it? Perplexed?
If your question or comment is suitably earth-shaking, maybe I’ll have to rewrite my entire sermon. If not, I’ll try to tackle your questions in the weeks to come as we slowly make our way through this mysterious book.
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We’re finishing Job having now spent three weeks going through its 42 chapters. There is a lot to digest from it, and not only because of its length. It is a weighty book dealing with questions of God’s role in the world and suffering.
We were blessed at church to have had a sermon two Sundays ago that took on the minor task of preaching on the entirety of the book. Often as we preach from the texts we’re reading we preach on some of the texts. But as this tries to sum up the whole, I thought I’d link to it here and offer it up as a good word on this deep book.
The Patience of Job, Lauren Taylor, October 21, 2012