Posted by: Pauline | June 11, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday June 18

Jeremiah 3:19-22a

While the idea of God as Father was not unknown in the Old Testament, as a name for God it appears only a small number of times. Two of these are in Jeremiah 3. Speaking through Jeremiah, God uses the metaphors both of the relation of a father to his children and a husband to his wife to describe His relationship with Israel, and their faithlessness to the one they should be devoted to. God does not give them up, however, but calls on the faithless ones to return to Him.

Luke 11:9-13

People in our modern society may be puzzled by Jesus’ comments about whether a father might give his son a snake instead of a fish, or a scorpion instead of an egg. But there were in that culture snakes that did have at least a superficial resemblance to fish, and a white scorpion that, when rolled up, did resemble an egg. A child trying to get food for himself might make such mistakes; a father giving food to his children would not.


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