We’ve decided to double our Bible-in-a-year readings, so that we can be reading the Gospel during Lent… but let me tell ya, some of those Old Testaments books sure are hard to take, even if they are in The Message translation! We’re presently in Jeremiah, and it’s one gruesome prediction after another–no wonder they wanted to stone the prophets! But they had totally duped themselves into believing that they hadn’t done anything too wrong, and that they knew better than God. They got away with it for awhile (while God waited for them to come back to themselves), but judgment was coming.
Judgment upon judgment, upon judgment! Yet: again and again, a ray of light breaks through, and there is a promise of hope–a remnant will survive, they will return to the land, and their enemies will have their turn to be judged. And even as God is pronouncing judgment, He is… upset. "Moaning over Moab", as The Message puts it (and that wasn’t even God’s people!) As our commentary says:
"It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy." (Romans 9:16, NIV)
Which is why The Mom should not complain so much when it’s time to get up and get on that treadmill. She should embrace it!!
Walk to Rivendell: We return to the dell and camp there.