Posted by: Pauline | November 18, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday November 20

Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-28

Those who speak the word of God sometimes have the satisfaction of seeing people respond in faith and obedience. It does not seem that Jeremiah saw much of that response to his prophecies. He painstakingly wrote down God’s words to His people, and his servant Baruch read the words to the people, but soon the scroll wound up burnt to ashes in the king’s fire pot.

The king may have thought that would put an end to Jeremiah’s dire warnings. But God just had Jeremiah write down His words all over again. The king did not last very long on his throne. But we are still reading God’s words, written down by Jeremiah, today.

Jeremiah 31:31-34

The people of Jeremiah’s time may have known God’s law, at least if they paid any attention to Jeremiah or other prophets or teachers of the Scriptures. But knowing it often did not result in obedience. God promised that He would establish a new covenant, where His law would be not just written on scrolls but in people’s hearts.

John 18:33-38

Jesus did not act much like the kings that people were used to. He spoke with authority, but he did not compel anyone to obey him. He had many followers, but he spoke of serving rather than being served. He had the power to multiply food and still storms, but he never used the power to secure a comfortable life, let alone the luxury kings often enjoyed. When faced with possible execution, he used neither power nor pleading to avert a horrible death. He knew himself to be a king, but only after his death and resurrection would people come to understand the nature of his kingship.

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