Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 20 - Advent

Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C

Psalm 80:1-7

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Hebrews 10:10-18

Today’s Reflection:

Today we enter into the final week’s passages for Advent with a focus on love. The three passages for today connect that concept across history to show how important love is to God. From the psalmists question to the prophet’s promise and the epistle’s fulfillment, the motivation behind God’s action is love.

 

The psalmist asks God how long he will be angry with the people. While we do not know the context of this particular Psalm, the Old Testament recounts tale after tale of the people’s failure to live up to God’s expectations as established in his law. Jeremiah, the prophet, has the same experience, but proclaims a promise from God that because the people were unable to keep the old covenant, he would send a new one, not built on the law, but inside the hearts of the people.  Finally in Hebrew’s, the fulfillment of that promise is explained through the sacrifice of Jesus. Because we could not do it right, God, himself, stepped in to provide the sacrifice so that he could “remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.

 

Through Advent as we anticipate is coming again to us, we also have time to reflect on his previous time with us and the driving force behind it: love.

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