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18
Aug

Jeremiah 23-25

Daily Reading Jeremiah 23-25 Daily Thought Sallah catches the date before it plunges into the mouth, and then the stomach, of his friend, Indiana Jones. “Bad dates,” he warns, and nods toward the floor where lay the dead body of the bad monkey who had been feasting on bad dates. Bad dates will kill you. […]

17
Aug

Jeremiah 18-22

Daily Reading Jeremiah 18-22 Daily Thought God makes as a condition of Judah’s judgment their goodness to others, that they will treat well those who are lost, harmed, poor, and abused. “Thus says the Lord: ‘Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no […]

16
Aug

Jeremiah 14-17

Daily Reading Jeremiah 14-17 Daily Thought If you do a thing often enough, you become that thing. Pick up a basketball, practice and play, and, in time, you will become a basketball player. So, also, a pianist, a writer, a welder, and, yes, a sinner. It is argued that there are no bad people, rather […]

15
Aug

Jeremiah 10-13

Daily Reading Jeremiah 10-13 Daily Thought In a discussion of first causes, or “what started everything,” Jeremiah argues that God created all that there is; “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens” (Jeremiah 10:12). The comeback, too […]

14
Aug

Jeremiah 7-9

Daily Reading Jeremiah 7-9 Daily Thought The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, “Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come […]

13
Aug

Jeremiah 4-6

Daily Reading Jeremiah 4-6 Daily Thought The one who created us owes no explanation, but gives one anyway, and repeated warnings, along with every opportunity to repent, and that is the role of the prophet. A thankless job, Jeremiah is called the weeping prophet because his words are dreadful, “My anguish, my anguish! I writhe […]

12
Aug

Jeremiah 1-3

Daily Reading Jeremiah 1-3 Daily Thought A prophet is not able before he is willing. “Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;     for to all to whom […]

11
Aug

Isaiah 64-66

Daily Reading Isaiah 64-66 Daily Thought A prophet blends judgment with hope; God breaks Israel down, then builds her back a strong and faithful people. “We are the clay, and you are our potter,” explains Isaiah; “we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8). “We are his workmanship,” echoes the apostle Paul, “created […]

10
Aug

Isaiah 59-63

Daily Reading Isaiah 59-63 Daily Thought Our wedding had been my wife’s dream since little girls begin dreaming. Debbie can tell you every detail. I clearly remember one: 8,500 pearls. A friend made her gown. It was white silk, long train, beautiful, and 8,500 little pearls were hand-sewn one at a time into the fabric […]

09
Aug

Isaiah 54-58

Daily Reading Isaiah 54-58 Daily Thought They acted religious and wondered why God wasn’t impressed. “Why have we fasted, and you see it not?” the people complained to Isaiah. “Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?” (Isaiah 58:3). They were fasting for show, and seven hundred years later, nothing has […]

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