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Jesus of Nazareth, c 30 AD
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"International Presbytery, 2016 AD
Thought for Monday 6th July
(from Rev E. Foggitt)
“Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah... He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon.”
Jeremiah, between 650BC and 570BC, saw disastrous changes in the fortunes of the people of Israel. The world as God’s people knew it was collapsing before their very eyes because they had broken the covenant with their God. Traditionally, prophets interceded on behalf of the people, but in the earlier Chapter 21, Jeremiah is told not to do so. Jerusalem should be given up to the Babylonians. Hananiah has disagreed.
Reflection: The apostle Paul wrote that some people, “to suit their own desires ... will gather around them ... teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Tim 4:3) Sometimes - we have been living through such a time - the truth is bleak and harsh. False optimism only leads us astray: what hard truths about yourself or others do you find it hard to accept?