Lenten Reflection for March 26

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 81
  • Jeremiah 2:4-13
John 7:14-31, 37-39

Ivy photo by ImageMaven.comThere is a common theme to these texts. All speak of God’s dismay at His people turning away from Him.

In Psalm 81, the people of Israel are exhorted to praise God, to make music in His name. The writer then goes on to speak of an unknown voice – clearly that of God – telling of how, in their times of trouble, “from my hiding place in the storm, I answered you.” God laments that the people of Israel have not listened, and tells them not to worship other gods. Having turned away from him, they have also turned away from all he would give them. But, like a parent, “I let them go their stubborn ways and do whatever they wanted.”

In Jeremiah 2:4-13, the tribes of Israel are commanded to listen to God, and asked why they turned away from him to worship worthless idols even though God rescued them from Egypt. He brought them to a fertile land, which they defiled and ruined. “The prophets spoke in the name of Baal and worshipped useless idols.” Here God proclaims that He will bring charges against his people and their descendants, commanding “the sky to shake with horror… for my people have turned away from me, the spring of fresh water, and they have dug cisterns, cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all.”

In John 7:14-31, the Jewish authorities question how the untrained Jesus can know so much. He replies that his teaching is from God, and that those who do as God wants will know this, and that those who speak from their own authority seek to glorify themselves. Chastised for healing a man on the Sabbath, he reminds them that they circumcise on the Sabbath without breaking Moses’ laws, so how can healing be wrong? In 37-39, he goes on to say that “Whoever is thirsty should come to me, and whoever believes in me should drink… ‘Streams of life-giving water will pour from his side.’” ♥

by Patricia Place


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