Prayer: Sometimes we wonder what you are up to, God. We just have to wait. Time will tell. Thank you for your love. There is our hope. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 28: 5-9 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
What is God up to in this text? Going for Question 4 today. I hear two different prophecies: Hananiah’s which sounds like peace is coming and Jeremiah’s noting all the prophets before who prophesied war, famine and pestilence. Jeremiah ends by saying if the prophecy of peace comes true, then you’ll know that the Lord has truly sent the prophet. In other words, time will tell.
What did time tell of Hananiah? False prophet. He was not sent by God; his words did not come true. Of Jeremiah? Well, his preaching became a part of the Bible.
Surely the people wanted to believe a prophecy of peace but that is not what was in store for them. At least not then.
What is God up to? Time did tell eventually. We have been welcomed into God’s loving presence. We have the Good News of Jesus Christ. We have hope.
Hope. That is what God is up to.
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