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.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Getting what they deserve, a reflection on 2 Esdras 7:1-25

In response to his questions of why did the Lord do this and when will we overcome our oppressors, Uriel responded with a metaphor illustrating that getting to a desirable place requires some effort. He then asked Ezra, "Why are you disturbed about what happens in this life? Why haven't you considered what is to come, rather than what is now present?"

Ezra responded that, according to scripture, the righteous were supposed to get to that better world and the ungodly weren't. Uriel reminded Ezra, "The Lord issued commandments on how people were supposed to live and what they were supposed to do to avoid punishment. Nevertheless, they were disobedient. So, they'll get what they deserve."

Are Uriel's comments satisfying or disturbing?

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