It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wisdom 16-17

Worshipping idols is wrong, but even worse is worshipping animals. Your ancestors were held captive by animal worshippers. God sent biting locusts and flies, venomous serpents to punish them. Then, during the exodus, your ancestors were bitten by snakes. Yet, God had mercy on them and  healed them. God destroyed the crops of Egypt but sent manna to your ancestors.

The unrighteous will be punished. Kindness will be shown to those who trust in God.

The wicked suffer from cowardice. Fear is nothing but a giving up of the helps that come from reason. Hope, defeated by this inward weakness, prefers ignorance of what causes the torment.

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