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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

You'll get what you deserve, a reflection on 2 Esdras 15:46-63

Woe to Asia (the Roman province of Asia Minor):
You have made yourself like Babylon (translate, as Rome); therefore, God will send evils on you: widowhood, famine, sword, and pestilence. You shall be weakened like a wretched woman (the worst metaphor the writer could come up with). You will get what you deserve: hunger, slaughter, handed over to your enemies. They shall destroy your cities, your land, your forests. They shall kidnap your children, steal your wealth, and mar the glory of your countenance.

As I read the assertion their punishments would be deserved, I wondered if we look at hunger, destruction, damaged cities, and think "Well, if things are this bad for them, they must have done something wrong."

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