Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hostility and Fury, Week Two_C: Josiah’s death, Pashur’s confrontation, and the linen belt

Our last symbol for this week is the Chet, a letter of the Hebrew alphabet which has come to be synonymous with the graciousness and compassion of God.

It is a symbol that shows up throughout the text of Jeremiah, and a lesson for us about God’s mercy being exteneded all the time.

To Pashur
To Judah
To Babylon
To Assyria
To you and I and all the world.

It is a symbol that seems so hard to see when we pick out snippets of the book, because the book is heavy and deals with unrepentant people; but it is there all the time nonetheless if we look for it.
And it’s all around us as well, for the story of Jeremiah is not just history but our story as well, and the words of mercy and grace are not just words of hope to the people of Judah, but to the people of the West and the people of the whole world today

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