The last days of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah: the end is tragic.
Since the days of Abraham, God’s people had lived in the promises: a chosen people and a promised land. But their story reminds all of us that counting on privilege without living up to the responsibilities of privilege cannot be sustained.
From here, we will be reading the powerful prophetic writings, bold voices called by God to warn, challenge and then comfort God’s people. Prophets who can’t not speak out against unfaithfulness while – at the same time – who can’t give up on the promises.
The New Testament readings are also important messages from pastors and prophets. Jude warns of unfaithfulness while Jesus prays for sturdy endurance for his beloved disciples. And not only for them – for us as well – beloved disciples, followers who live into and live out of faith.
No matter how long it takes, no matter the brokenness – God’s promises are firm and God’s people are beloved.
Living in The Story blog for Week 35