Evil king after evil king: so go these chapters in 1 Kings. As you read about these wicked men and their reigns as kings, how do you think God feels?
Well, we get a glimpse of God’s anger in the reading for today. Actually, the kind of anger that God feels comes from the meaning of the word in the Hebrew language for “anger” that we find in this reading. It’s like what happens when someone is constantly being picked on and bullied. At first the person tightens his or her lips and keeps silent, trying very hard to hold in the anger. Then finally, the person has had enough and all the anger is expressed. This is the way God was feeling. It’s the type of anger that is also very near God’s deep sadness and hurt; after all that God has done to save and redeem God’s people, they still provoke God by refusing to live God’s ways.
Think about our world today. Don’t you get the feeling that so many people aren’t very interested in honoring, respecting and pleasing God? Doesn’t this make you sad…and sometimes angry too?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Worshiping the Lord alone
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.
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