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 20, 2015

Vision explained, a reflection on 2 Esdras 10:25-59

While he was talking to the mourning woman, suddenly, her face shone like lightening. She cried out and the earth shook in response. She vanished, and in her place was a city being built. The fearful Ezra called out to Uriel to come back and explain this to him.

Uriel did return--and found Ezra lying on the ground. Uriel helped him up and asked why he was so upset. Ezra responded that he felt abandoned because he had gone out to the field as he had been told but that he couldn't comprehend what he had seen.

Uriel explained the vision of the woman--a metaphor of Zion's history. Not only history, but instruction for what to do next. "Stay here. Don't be afraid." Uriel than told Ezra to expect another vision tomorrow.

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