This was another slower week that required more reading. But I managed to cover 120 chapters of the prophets at about 8 hours and 20 minutes.
One of the striking aspects of reading through the prophets is the contrast between the kindness and severity of God. The image of God that prevails in our current Christian culture is an emasculated God of simplistic personal love who has no depth, like a flat, cliched character in a bad story. In contrast, the God revealed in the prophets not only is a God of wrath (on a corporate and individualistic level), full of severity, his love is far more transcendent than the love drivel we hear from the contemporary church.
I like what D. A. Carson says about God’s love. He says God is love, but love does not define the totality of God.
Spent my commute reading some materials for a project.
Isaiah 33 to Jeremiah 5
From a plea for Gods grace to God proclaiming disaster for the unrepentant nation.
Jeremiah 6 to Jeremiah 31
From the looming disaster of Jerusalem to the coming new covenant.
Jeremiah 32 to Lamentations 5
Jeremiah buys a field during a seige to Jeremiah’s pray that God restores his people to himself.
Ezekiel 1 to Ezekiel 29
From Ezekiel’s vision at the Chebar Canal to a prophecy against Egypt.