Lenten Reflection for March 19

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 128
  • Ezekiel 36:22-32
  • John 7:53, 8:1-11

apple-P1010821When Linda first asked me to do this, I was completely puzzled.

Blessed are those that feareth the Lord and walketh in his ways

The formation of Israel

Whoever is without sin, cast the first stone

What possible connection can these passages have? Did she choose them at random and does she want three separate reflections? Does she have a warped sense of humour?

Then, it slowly dawned on me. These passages are connected, and have a deep message. What’s more, it is aimed directly at me (and many members of our Knox community). Our minister is both wily and crafty, but she also probably had good theological training tempered with a healthy dose of Saskatchewan common sense.

Psalm 128 is about the promise of a beautiful life, full of the bounties of your own hands, a life of happiness, longevity, and satisfaction.

The Ezekiel passage is about the people of Israel giving up their false idols and being given a heart of flesh to replace their hearts of stone (Didn’t Mick Jagger write a song about this?) They will be sprinkled with clean (holy?) water to cleanse their souls (adult baptism). And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

And John is about Jesus forgiving a female adulterer. And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more.”

So what is the message?

That all is forgiven? Seems a bit trivial since this is commonly known about Christianity. After all, that is what Jesus died for. I think there is a deeper and much more important message here. And I think it is summed up by John 7:53, “And every man went unto his own house.” Forgiveness is automatic and universal, but the bountiful promise from walking in his ways is not. It is up to each of you! You must take that first step with vigour and purpose! Only then will you be rewarded.

As you all know from my Remembrance Day testimonial, I did – and it worked!   ♥

by Dave Mackidd

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