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Jeremiah 23:1-6 Sunday Scripture Reflection

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On this Last Sunday after Pentecost, we will read and reflect on a lesson from the prophet Jeremiah. This Sunday marks the end of the season of Pentecost (the end of the church year), and is also a day to remember the sovereignty of Christ as the Head of the Church. We remember Christ's mission to God's people in many ways, but this Sunday we remember him as "King of kings, and Lord of lords." Jeremiah's prophetic words speak directly to the short-comings and challenges brought about by the human leaders of God's people...and the often selfish ways people live their lives with others. God restores and leads the people with love and mercy that gives God's children grace unmatched by any human leader...and God does this through Christ. We will explore the prophet's words and reflect how he encourages us to share God's love with others.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Jeremiah 23:1-6).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the assigned Scripture lesson for the day and reflect if there are any words or phrases that stood out in your reading. Why do you think Jeremiah held the leaders more accountable than the people? Do you think the leaders were given a sacred responsibility to care for the people in their land?

  • Read the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, and reflect especially on the promise given by Jeremiah in 23:5-6. The Jewish people were united as one great nation under David - how is the promise of a Davidic line good news for the people seeking to be restored? How might the promise of a messiah be found in verses 5-6?

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below, and consider the author's statement: "Such is the dynamic life of the word of God wherever it is uttered. It speaks to the possibilities of the present, as well as to the hopes of the future." Where are the possibilities of the present and the hopes of the future found in Jeremiah's words?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the author's words: "At times, we are even called to upset the applecart in order to empower all people as children of God." When have you felt times of being called to "upset the applecart" in order to draw attention to the mercy and justice of God?

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