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God’s love, like circles and cycles, has no beginning or end. While we mark the conclusion of the three-year cycle of Bible readings and its beginning next week in Advent, the movement of God’s Word is all of one piece. These final chapters of the Old Testament are sutured to the New. The “coming messenger” is John the Baptist. There is unity of ends and beginnings, even as Advent begins the story of God’s grace, yet points to the end, in the Second Coming of Christ.
Verses 8-10 are among the principle texts in the Bible about tithing and giving the first fruits to the Lord. Make connections with economic systems of injustice that exploit the Third World. Linger on the blessed promises of the concluding verses of the Old Testament, and the curse upon those whose hearts are hardened.
Your messenger before You 3:1
You are like refiner’s fire. 3.2
Rising: healing in Your wings 4:2
Hearts of family as one. 4:6
This is the last 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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