Lenten Reflection for April 3

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 130
  • Ezekiel 1:1-2
  • 
Ezekiel 2:8-10
  • Ezekiel 3:3
  • Revelation 10:1-11

sky-canm06Psalm 130, even though arising from despair (“out of the depths”) is a happy event. It is a song or prayer of hope and everlasting love of a divine being to humanity. It is a prayer of an individual to a personal god.

The book Ezekiel describes a vision seen by the prophet Ezekiel, spreading God’s word to the exiled Israelites. It describes a supernatural appearing before Ezekiel, instructing him to accept the word of God (“eat this scroll”). The message was quite acceptable (“sweet”), although it contained a message of sadness (“lamentation and mourning and woe”).

In Revelation, a vision of power and might in the form of an angel (the seventh angel, no less, possibly) gave a powerful, thunderous message, but then told John to ignore that message, and concentrate on the one presented in the form of a scroll. Like the message presented to Ezekiel, it tasted sweet – but left the prophet with a bitter stomach (after taste or heartburn?). The message is to prophesy about all people.

Possibly, it is easier to accept the message of God than it is to actually act on it. Also, the thunderous message is the obvious one, whereas the scroll represents something with less show but more truth. As in most of Revelation, a very serious interpretation can be made of this passage, with a very serious outcome. As stated by Maimonides, a prominent Jewish scholar and rabbi living in Egypt in the twelfth century, religious writings can be fact or myth and if you can’t tell the difference, you (or perhaps the rest of the world) are in trouble. In other words, I might have missed the mark on the Ezekiel and Revelation passages by 1.6 kilometres, but I don’t care. The descriptions are anything between neat and amazing, and do help envisage an all powerful God, but they don’t come close to the tremendous offer of help and faith offered in the psalm. ♥

by Norman Fenton

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