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.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Another depiction of the coming Messiah 2 Esdras 13:1-13

Third vision: A powerful man came from the sea. Everything he looked at trembled; when he spoke, all that heard his voice melted. A multitude of men, from the four winds of heaven, gathered to subdue him.

He carved out  a great mountain and flew up on it. I looked but couldn't find the spot from which he had carved out enough material to make a mountain. The ones who had gathered to subdue him were afraid yet dared to fight. As he saw the crowd, he didn't raise any weapons. He didn't need a sword--he sent flames, sparks, and tempests from his mouth, burnin up every who had gathered to fight him.

He came down from the mountain and called a peaceable multitude, some glad, some sorry, some bound, some bought.

This dream scared Ezra. He prayed for an interpretation. His understanding was that the last days would be full of wore.

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