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The opening verse of the passage, along with the living waters in 14:8, further the theme of the Well for this week. Apocalyptic images will have you feel the connection with the Book of Revelation as the energy of the year’s end mounts to conclusion. Also, see if you can find some verses that Matthew and Mark place on the lips of Jesus in the narrative of the Passion.
The nineteenth century German philosophy Nietzsche said: “That which doesn’t destroy me makes me stronger.” Zechariah expresses a similar conviction in using the image of the refiner’s fire as suffering comes upon the people. Who or what in your life are you resisting that, if embraced and accepted, would lift you to a higher place, as Zacchaeus, so that you can see Jesus?
Wash me, Lord, and make me clean. 13:1
Refine me as fire, O Lord. 13:9
You answer me when I call. 13:9
To be “Holy to the Lord” 14:20
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.
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