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tabernacleheart · 15 days ago
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...In [the] familiar and majestic passage [of John 14:1-6], Jesus exhorts us to trust him: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in Me.” So much depends on the spiritual meaning of the little word “trust.” Jeremiah the prophet laid it out as starkly and simply as possible: “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord.” And conversely, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, the Lord will be their trust.” What does it mean to trust, to turn one’s heart to God? It means to root the whole of one’s life in God, and not to ground our concerns in the things of this world: wealth, power, pleasure, and honor. Ask yourself: “What is the center of gravity in my life?” The Bible consistently proposes this question. For example, read the book of Joshua, when Joshua lays it on the line for the people of Israel: “Do you serve the Lord or some other gods?” That’s the question being asked of you today.
Bishop Robert Barron
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firstumcschenectady · a month ago
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“God's Table Extended” based on Jeremiah 31:31-34 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Rabbi Rafi Spitzer of congregation Agudat Achim in Niskayuna, led an amazing workshop this week entitled “People of the Library: An Introduction to Talmudic Literature and the Mythic Transmission of Jewish Tradition for Clergy of Other Faiths.”  Schenectady Clergy Against Hate is a VERY cool organization, and I learned a lot.  
Rabbi Spitzer talked about the roots of modern Rabbinic Judaism as emerging in the period after the destruction of the 2nd Temple (70-200 CE).  This is the same period as the formation of most of the Christian texts.  Jesus lived earlier, of course, but most scholars date the earliest Gospel, the Gospel of Mark, to 70 CE because it mentions the destruction of the Temple.
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That is, both Modern Judaism and Christianity-As-We-Know-It (as a separate faith tradition) emerged after, and in the response to Rome's destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.  It was in making sense of this horrific disaster that new expressions of God's ways in the world emerged.
This is particularly interesting to me because the Hebrew Bible was written down in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem and the First Temple in 587-586 BCE, when the Jewish leaders and scholars were sent into exile.  The stories, of course, were much older, but they were written down then, and that means that they were written down with the question “why did this happen to us?” at the forefront.
That is, the Hebrew Bible gets written down and tries to make sense of death, destruction, and disaster.  The majority of the “New Testament” gets written down and tries to make sense of death, destruction, and disaster, AND concurrently the Jewish Mishnah gets written down and tries to make sense of death, destruction, and disaster.  
It seems to indicate our faith traditions are deeply rooted in trying to make sense of death, destruction, and disaster, or that God is up to new things when prior systems are destroyed, or that in trying to preserve what used to be we end up making new things possible, or that God can bring good even out of bad, or maybe all of the above.
In any case, I think it is interesting, and worth continuing to ponder. Especially now, when we have experienced death, destruction, and disaster, and are wondering what we and God will be up to next.
Our Hebrew Bible Lesson today from Jeremiah speaks lovingly of the “new covenant” between God and the people.  This is such a foundational idea in Christianity that we may not know that this passage is the ONLY time such an idea emerges in the Hebrew Bible.  
“Foundational,” you say, “why?”  Think of the words “old testament” and “new testament” and remember that testament is a synonymous with covenant here.  This is how some people made sense of the whole Christian tradition.  That said, there are far too many who take these words to mean that the Hebrew Bible is old, or outdated, or replaced, and that is problematic.  We intentionally use the words “Hebrew Bible” to recognize our shared biblical tradition.
Anyway, back to Jeremiah.  Jeremiah is a prophet of the exile, and  for much of the book Jeremiah warns of the dangers of the impending exile. However, once the exile happens, Jeremiah's tone changes, and he turns to comfort and hope.  This passage is part of that, promising a return to God's promises and relationships.  The promise is particularly full, as it speaks to both the northern and southern kingdoms, the wholeness of Ancient Israel.  It is also full in that the new covenant will not be dependent on the people's faithfulness. God will take care of it.
“I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33b-34, NRSV)
It is a lovely vision, in some ways the ultimate comfort: a relationship with God one can't mess up.
The Christian church has claimed this covenant as their own.  Take these words from our communion liturgy, “By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.” (UM Hymnal, page 9).  
I have some deeply mixed feelings about this claim.  On the one hand, it fits with my assumption that our status as beloveds of God is based on the nature of God (grace) and not on our performance.  On the other hand, it seems rather profoundly to miss out on the idea that God wants us to take care of each other, and that our actions matter in the building of the kindom.
Or maybe I'm exaggerating.  After all, Jeremiah's idea isn't that the people ignore God's wishes.  Rather it is that they know God and God's grace so well that it is inherent in them and they live it out naturally.  (I have mixed feelings about this too – in that it is lovely, but simply not true of Christians I know.)
In 1 Corinthians we read the first historical record of communion.  Paul had planted the church in Corinth but had been away for a few years. In the first century CE the communion meal was a full common meal (think potluck) during which the last supper was remembered. Apparently in the time after Paul left things had gone off kilter a bit.  According to Marcus Borg:
the wealthy (who didn't have to work) would gather early for the meal. By the time the people who worked (most of the community) got to the meal, the wealthy had already eaten and some were tipsy.  They may also have served the best food and the best wine to themselves before the others arrived.  Such was common among the wealthy of the world. For Paul this violated the 'one body' understanding of the body of Christ.  It meant bringing hierarchical distinctions of 'this world' into the body of Christ.1
Borg goes on to explain the later threat to those who eat and drink and an “unworthy manner”.  “In this context, eating and drinking the bread and wine 'in an unworthy manner' refers to the behavior of the wealthy in perpetuating the divisions of 'this world.' In Christian communities, these divisions were abolished.”2
How quickly the early church struggled with the equality and equity of God's kindom!  How hard it is to let go of hierarchy and let love for all be the way decisions are made.  How familiar that is.  Those of us who are white have been trained in mostly subconscious ways that we are at the top of a hierarchy, and when left to our own devices we will re-create systems that put our needs at the top while telling ourselves it is OK.  Like the wealthy Corinthians might have said, “We told them it started at 4, but they don't make it until 5:20. Why should we have to wait when we TOLD THEM what time it started?” Or when a white person takes their own shame, guilt, anger, or aggression as a reason to violate, harm, or kill  people of color. Or even in the tiny little micro-aggressions of every day, related to who gets heard, who gets believed, who is expected to be soothing, who is expected to sooth, and whose pain matters.
It took Paul saying, “don't violate God's table like that” for it to be heard.  But I'm guessing that the reason he knew it was happening was because the impoverished members of the community had been saying so for quite some time, and finally tried a new way of getting their needs heard.  I am hearing from Asian and Asian American friends and colleagues that violence against Asians and Asian Americans has been a regular part of their lives in the United States all along, and has been FAR worse for the past year +.  I am also hearing exhaustion and horror that a white man used his own shame as motivation for mass murder, mostly of Asian women.  
And let me say, because it MUST BE SAID, that a person doing sex work does not IN ANY WAY change their human value, nor make it permissible to harm that person.  Indeed, most people who support themselves with sex work are people who exist in the most vulnerable positions of our society, and as such are worthy of the most care and support to counterbalance the harm they've lived.
The Children and Youth of the Church have been working this Lent to support a Lenten project to respond to hunger. They have invited us to collect one canned good or  nonperishables a week to donate to the SICM food pantry.  We are invited to bring those gifts this coming Saturday (March 27 for those watching this NOT on Sunday) at the flower sale.  Those tangible gifts serve as a reminder of other people's tangible needs.  It is also possible to make a donation to SICM through our website or by check, knowing that SICM can buy food at the Regional Food Bank at a very discounted rate.
That is to say, that as we prepare God's Communion Table for ourselves today, given Paul's admonitions, it might be a good time to be sure that as we receive God's gifts of grace, life, and hope, we extend the table as we are able.  Or, perhaps this is  time for gifts to Patty's place.  Patty's Place is an outreach-based service for women at-risk, exploited, or involved in sex work. They provide immediate resources and long-term referrals.
I'm less than sure we're embodying Jeremiah's new covenant, but I am entirely sure that the part that says that God is with us, in our hearts, and claiming us as beloveds is true.  And I'm sure that we have wonderful ways to respond to God's love – with love, even, ESPECIALLY in the midst of disaster.  Let's do it!  Amen
1Marcus J Borg,  59 Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written (United States of America: HarperOne, 2012), 59.
2Ibid.
Rev. Sara E. Baron First United Methodist Church of Schenectady 603 State St. Schenectady, NY 12305 Pronouns: she/her/hers http://fumcschenectady.org/ https://www.facebook.com/FUMCSchenectady
March 21, 20201
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habaklef · 3 months ago
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MERCY CITY!!! See the most beautiful church in Nigeria, Pastored by Billionaire Prophet Jeremiah OMOTO FUFEYIN, Says Sahara Africa Reporters
MERCY CITY!!! See the most beautiful church in Nigeria, Pastored by Billionaire Prophet Jeremiah OMOTO FUFEYIN, Says Sahara Africa Reporters
MERCY CITY!!! See the most beautiful church in Nigeria, Pastored by Billionaire Prophet Jeremiah OMOTO FUFEYIN, Says Sahara Africa Reporters Founder and Billionaire prophet of Mercy Land Deliverance Ministry, Jeremiah OMOTO Fufeyin yesterday through his Press Secretary, Mr Moses Akpovititi in the occasion of his 50th birthday, described his glamorous Warri based church as fast becoming a center…
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biblebloodhound · 3 months ago
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Jeremiah 29:1-14 – Bloom Where You Are Planted
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. (This was after King Jehoiachin and the queen mother, the court officials and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the skilled workers and the artisans had…
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quotesfromscripture · 4 months ago
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“Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 
‘A voice is heard in Ramah,  Weeping and great mourning,  Rachel weeping for her children  And refusing to be comforted,  Because they are no more.’ ” 
- Matthew 2:17-18 NIV (2011)
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christadelphians · 4 months ago
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Matthew 27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Final Hours: Trial, Execution and Burial - #2 Matthew 27:3-10 – Judas Hangs Himself
Matthew 27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Final Hours: Trial, Execution and Burial – #2 Matthew 27:3-10 – Judas Hangs Himself
Matthew 27:3-10 – Judas Hangs Himself MT27:3 Then Judas his betrayer, having seen that the judgment went against Jesus, felt remorse[1] and tried to return the thirty pieces of silver[2] [Zechariah 11:12, 13] to the religious hierarchy and Jewish elders. MT27:4 He told them, “I have sinned by betraying righteous blood.”[3] But those leaders said, “How does this involve us?[4] You take care of…
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quotesfromscripture · 6 months ago
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“Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.’ ” 
- Jeremiah 1:9-10 NIV (2007)
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quotesfromscripture · 6 months ago
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“The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 
The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.” 
- Jeremiah 1:1-3 NIV (2007)
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artdaily7 · 7 months ago
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The Lord Chancellor’s Nightmare from Iolanthe, 1882 by Gilbert and Sullivan; lyrics by William Gilbert.
...When you’re lying awake with a dismal headache And repose is taboo’d by anxiety, I conceive you may use any language you choose To indulge in, without impropriety;
For your brain is on fire, the bed-clothes conspire Of usual slumber to plunder you: First your counter-pane goes, and uncovers your toes, And your sheet slips demurely from under you;
Then the blanketing tickles, you feel like mixed pickles, So terribly sharp is the pricking, And you’re hot and you’re cross, and you tumble and toss, ‘Til there’s nothing twixt you and the ticking.
Then the bedclothes all creep to the ground in a heap, And you pick ’em all up in a tangle; Next your pillow resigns, and politely declines To remain at its usual angle!
When you get some repose in the form of a doze, With hot eyeballs and head ever aching, Your slumbering teems with such horrible dreams That you’d very much better be waking...
...you awake with a shudder, despairing.
You’re a regular wreck With a crick in your neck, And no wonder you snore for your head’s on the floor And you’ve needles and pins From your soles to your shins, And your flesh is acreep For your left leg’s asleep, And you’ve cramp in your toes And a fly on your nose, And some fluff in your lung And a feverish tongue, And a thirst that’s intense And a general sense
That you haven’t been sleeping in clover; But the darkness has passed, and it’s daylight at last! The night has been long, ditto, ditto my song, And thank goodness they’re both of them over!
Michelangelo 1512 Prophet Jeremiah, Sistine Chapel
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smol-catholic-bean · 8 months ago
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One time I had a pro-choice Christian tell me that "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart- Jeremiah 1:5" only applied to Jeremiah.
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trueonenessdoctrine · 9 months ago
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Prophets of the Bible Series
Today we learn about the Prophet Jeremiah aka “The Weeping Prophet”. 
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dailybiblequotes · 10 months ago
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Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word became to me, the gladness and joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Jehovah, God of hosts. — Jeremiah 15:16
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adelha-mathilde · 11 months ago
"I did not come here to fight you, nor did I come to serve you... I was called here by the grail, under The Lord's watchful eye, to aid when needed and bear oracles of the near future..." Ruler glanced with blank, tired eyes at the young master before him, a leather tome hugged close to his chest in one hand a bundle of thick branches in his other to support his weight. "Are you willing to heed His warnings, to give up your blissful ignorance in the face of the bells tolling for ruin?"
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The Master looked to the Ruler with great respect and thought. Her long green dress simple in design to all but trail behind her. Striking azure blue eyes looking to this new arrival with thoughtful contemplation. Their coloring reminiscent of the sea during a winter storm. Yet she does give Ruler a warm smile. Lifting both gloved hands up in welcome to speak to him personably. A soft lilt in her words.
“God’s wisdom and insight from His chosen are a welcome boon to me and mine, good prophet. My family clan chooses to serve Yeshuah and the teaching of the Lord willingly. Your presence here is a blessing to us all.”
The Master gives Ruler a sigh of warmth before she looks more thoughtful. “None of us would chance keeping to our ignorance when so much is at stake. So please, bestow upon us your insight and walk with us as we seek the preservation of humanity’s future.”
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byzantine-nectarine · a year ago
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Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look; ask for the ancient paths,  ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.          - Jeremiah 6:16
Icon of the Prophet Jeremiah from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice
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wiirocku · a year ago
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Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) - “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,    before you were born I set you apart;    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
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quotesfromscripture · a year ago
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Because of sin, we are living in a place that is not our home, a place that is seeking to destroy us. But God calls us to live a certain way, to rebel with radical love the way Jesus did.
Enjoy another bible study from the awesome team at TheBibleProject
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craigtowens · a year ago
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A prophet that remains silent about sin is selfish and misleading.
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calvinquotes · 12 hours ago
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God’s covenant was, indeed, ever inviolable; for God did not promise to be the God of Abraham for a certain term of years; but the adoption, as Paul testifies, remains fixed, and can never be changed. (Romans 11:29.) Then on God’s part it is eternal. But as the Jews had become covenant-breakers, that covenant is called, on this account, weak and evanescent: and for this reason the Prophet said,
“In the last days I will make a covenant with you, not such as I made with your fathers, for they have broken, he said, that covenant.” (Jeremiah 31:31, 32)
Jere 50:5
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calvinquotes · 17 hours ago
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And then, as we have elsewhere said, this general rule ought to be borne in mind, that when changes happen in the world, it is necessary, as men’s thoughts and feelings are evanescent, that this warning should be given, that God so rules in all these changes, that chance has no place in them. For when calamities, like a deluge, spread over the whole world, then we think, as it has been stated, that such a confusion happens by chance, and without any cause. For when God afflicts some portion, the difference may lead us to some reflection, — “One part is afflicted and another escapes;” but when evils overwhelm the whole world, then, there being no difference, we think that all things are in a state of confusion, nor can we collect our thoughts so as to know, that God so takes vengeance on all, that he yet regulates his judgments, as it is right, according to his infinite and incomprehensible wisdom and justice. As then this adjustment which God makes, as to his judgments, is not evident to the mind and perception of men, it was necessary, when God was at the same time fulminating through the whole world, that the Jews should be reminded to be ever attentive to the operations of his hand. They saw themselves ruined, they saw the same thing happening to the Egyptians and to all other contiguous nations; at length Assyria was to have its turn, then Chaldea, and afterwards the Medians and Persians. As then no part was to remain untouched, who would not have thought that all things revolved, as it were, through blind and uncertain fate? God, therefore, did not, without reason, forewarn the faithful, lest they should think, that in so great vicissitudes and violent changes, all things were indiscriminately mixed together, but that they might know that God, from heaven, regulated and overruled all these confusions. This is the reason why the Prophets so particularly spoke of the calamities of all nations.
Jeremiah 49:28
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