Rejected

Day 85

Prayer for the day

Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

Scripture for the day

Judges 1-3, Luke 4:1-30

How quickly we forget.

Enormous things happen, great things happen, and we easily forget.

It’s extraordinary. The people of Israel have been moving through the land of Canaan, they have been conquering, they have been traveling and fighting and succeeding as the Lord favours them.

And as soon as they get settled, things start to go bad. Actually, things don’t go bad. The Israelites go bad. They forget their God and they move in with other gods. The language of scripture with regard to the Israelites is strong. It’s harsh. They are guilty not of simply looking, but of prostituting themselves. They commit adultery not sexually, but spiritually, and they reject their God.

Yet even in the midst of their adultery, God does not abandon them.

Jesus experiences similar rejection. He stands in front of the people with whom he was raised. He stands up, reads the scriptures, and tells them that the scriptures are fulfilled in their hearing. He essentially explains that the Spirit of God is upon him, that the new era is here, that God is doing something huge. And that it’s happening in him.

And they reject him. His own friends and family reject him.

Yet Jesus does not reject his people. He continues his mission. God does not abandon or reject his people. He continues his mission. The rejection God experiences that would cause us to all run for the hills, breaks God’s heart, yet he does not abandon his people.

God’s faithfulness in the face of adultery is extraordinary.

Can we turn back to our God? Can we refuse to reject our God anymore? Can we be faithful in the face of his faithfulness?

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