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 9, 2015

How to tell the end is near, a reflection on 2 Esdras 5:1-20

Uriel describes for Ezra the signs that the end is near: observable terror, hidden truth, and no faith, increased unrighteousness, environmental decline, inability to make a sufficient income.

Uriel tells him to pray, to weep, and to fast for seven days in order to hear greater things than these.

Ezra awoke from the vision troubled.

The next night, Phaltiel, an official, came to him and asked where he had been and why was he so sad. "Don't you know that Israel has been entrusted to you? Get up and eat some breakfast. Do not forsake us like a shepherd that leaves his flock to the wolves."

Ezra told him to go away for seven days.

If what Uriel described as signs that the end was near, shouldn't we be worried? Am I being cynical? Are there occurrences or situations that seem to indicate inevitable doom?

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