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Response to the Word
Posted on November 24, 2008

I have been working through Jeremiah with my sons for the past few weeks (books 52 chapters long take us longer than a week). The response to Jeremiah’s book by Jehudi was interesting. He cut it up and threw it in the fire. Also the response of the nation to Jeremiah, after they had assured him that they would follow the counsel of the Lord whether good or bad in chapter 42 is instructive. When they did not like the message they called Jeremiah a liar and a fraud. The nation and Jehudi were committed to their course of action, they merely wanted the God housekeeping seal of approval on their plans. When they did not get it they had to respond, either by altering their plans or discrediting the message and or the messenger.


In contrast when the law of God was read to Josiah in 2 Kings 22, he tore his clothes in repentance and immediately set out to change not only his behavior but the behavior of the nation. Similarly when the Law of God was read for the first time in the presence of the men who had rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem in Nehemiah 8, they wept in despair. Later in chapter 13 of Nehemiah when they found that they found that they could not have foreigners in Israel they immediately excluded them. In these cases the people had the same choices Jehudi and the people that came for counsel from Jeremiah had. Rather than seeking to justify, discredit, explain away culturally or theologically, or shoot the messenger, they were appalled that they had not obeyed God. They were afraid.

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Forgiveness
Posted on November 13, 2008

I was reading Philemon this morning. It is striking the request that Paul was making of his friend. Onesimus had betrayed Philemon. In that day he had run away and disobeyed not only Philemon but God.


Paul asked Philemon to not only forgive Onesimus but to elevate his position in Philemon’s domain. Philemon was to think of Onesimus no longer as a slave but a brother, and not just a brother but to accept the one who deserted and betrayed him as he would have the apostle.

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How To Not Miss It!
Posted on November 04, 2008

You may remember that the question on the table from the last email was How do we avoid being like the twelve and not gain insight from the things which we are experiencing.


I got a few responses one you can read at the RCC version of the blog.


So how do we do this? I think there are three things here:

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