Archive for December 4th, 2017

The first thing that stuck me about today’s reading is the role of the intercessor in prayer.  Now that I am retired and living in Spain, it is obvious how this whole country is so predominantly Catholic.  At Easter we went to see the procession through the streets of Huercal Overa, which was a very impressive and colourful display.  The passage of the huge floats (these can be so big they need 100 men to carry them) of the various statues depicting various scenes from the crucifixion story was, I admit, quite an emotional experience.  However, what stood out was that when the float carrying the Virgin Mary passed by, all the people sitting in the various stands all stood up!

Of course, if you go into any Catholic church in the world, you will find statues of Mary but I found it very sad that somehow Catholics had missed the point of the Easter story!

Here today we see the remnant of Judah going to Jeremiah and asking him to act as intercessor regarding their petition to God, and declaring that they will abide by what God’s response is (v.1-6).  This is a ‘brave’ and ‘risky’ thing to do with God, especially when they do not yet know what will be His answer.

Ten days they had to wait for an answer, but what an answer ‘Do not be afraid of him (King of Babylon), declares the Lord, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands. I will show you compassion…….. (v.11–12 – for a comparison see also Rom 8: 28–39).

However, (there is always a ‘however’ isn’t there?) our salvation requires us to come before God and accept His solution, that of the death and resurrection of His son. This is the only way by which we can be forgiven and cleansed of our sins and reborn to a new and glorious eternal life.  The ‘however’ is that if we reject Christ, there are no other alternative (see Acts 4:12; Jn 3:16-21).  In our passage today the ‘however’ is that there are dire consequences if the remnant of Judah do not obey the Lord, and Jeremiah, knowing their decision, pronounces judgement accordingly.
















Father, please develop in me an obedient heart to act when you answer prayer, trusting in your responses.  Thank you that because of Jesus, my intercessor who stands before you day and night pleading on my behalf, I can come confidently into your presence with any and all of my requests and concerns.  In Jesus name. Amen.

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