God is merciful to all of God’s children and creation, good and bad: “And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals? (Jonah 4:10)”
10. Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
11. He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
God willed that creation, the Law, society, human nature, and even life would be “futile”.
The Law cannot be accomplished of our own human volition.
Society always decays under the weight of empire and greed.
Human nature always succumbs to the evil fruits of fear and hate. (“Freedom Fries”, anyone?)
The curtain of life is drawn into the final act of death for every living creature. Death is the ultimate futility.
Only a complete fool would try to make God’s beloved community look like a bad thing. Only a fool would ruin that amazing reality for others.
The beloved community… is the whole point.
Bible Readings for Friday April 8th, 2011 – The 5th Week of Lent *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 130 1. [A Song of Ascents.] Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. 2. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! […]
Bible Readings for Wednesday March 30th, 2011 – The 3rd Week of Lent *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 81 1. [To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.] Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob. 2. Raise a song, sound the tambourine, […]
Bible Readings for Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 – The 2nd Week of Lent *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 128 1. [A Song of Ascents.] Happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. 2. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall […]
Bible Readings for Sunday March 13th, 2011 – The 1st Week of Lent *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Genesis 2 15. The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16. And the LORD God commanded the […]
Bible Readings for Thursday March 3nd, 2011 – The Week of The Transfiguration *Click on each bible passage to expand the text. Psalm 2 1. Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? 2. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his […]