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.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Future of the Prideful, a reflection on 2 Esdras 8:37-64

The Lord said to Ezra, "I'm not going to discuss what happens to the wicked, but the righteous will be rewarded."

The Lord then used the analogy of the farmer sowing many seeds and planting many seedlings, but not all seeds will sprout; nor will all that was planted will take root."

Ezra countered, "What if the reason that the seed didn't come up was because it didn't get enough rain or it got too much? Haven't you made all people the same way as the farmer planted all the same seeds? Spare your people. After all, they are your people."

God answered, "You don't love my creation as much as I do. But, the prideful among you will suffer. Even though you are going to paradise, some others will perish. They were contemptuous of the law. They even trampled on the righteous."

Ezra then inquired when the judgment days were coming.

Do you agree with Ezra that we should be given mitigated sentences?

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