Thursday, December 30, 2010
v. 8 A promise of restoration. What promise do we find for ourselves in this passage?
v. 9 Why do the remnant weep?
v. 10 Why do the nations need to hear this?
v. 11 Could this be one of the roots of a ransom theory of the atonement?
v. 12 I like the image of a life likened to a “watered garden”. How many people in our society are experiencing a life akin to a dried up, dead garden?
V. 14 Here is an image I can relate to.
v. 16 People along the mid-Atlantic and north-Atlantic coast of the US should be able to relate to this verse this week.
v. 18 This is the second reference in this Psalm to God’s “word”. See verse 15 for the first. It appears again in verse 19.
vs. 12-10 It should be clearly evident why this Psalm was paired with the Jeremiah Reading. But the Psalm seems to emphasize the emotions of the return while ignoring the lament aspect of the deportation that preceded it. Where do we, as Americans, as Christians, and as Presbyterians find ourselves today, in exile or having returned?
v. 3 What are “spiritual blessings”?
v. 4 Here is a verse in support of predestination and election.
v. 6 Who is “the Beloved”?
v. 7 Now we have “blood” atonement after the ransom of Jeremiah 31:11.
v. 10 A verse in support of divine “fate”?
v. 11,14 What is our “inheritance”?
John 1:(1-9) 10-18
Note: This is perhaps my favorite passage in the Bible. This is also the first passage I translated from the Greek when learning Greek.