15th February 2018

Daily Reading: 15 February

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)

 

You have taken up my cause, O Lord. 

 

Something to read

 

You have taken up my cause, O Lord,
you have redeemed my life.
You have seen the wrong done to me, O Lord;
judge my cause.
You have seen all their malice,
all their plots against me.

Full reading - Lamentations 3:58–66

 

Something to think about

King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah in 597AD. Ten years later, in response to the rebelliousness of the people of Judah, he destroyed Jerusalem and its Temple and also deported a large proportion of the people to Babylon. 

It’s difficult to imagine the pain and utter devastation the people felt. Their identity, security and faith lay in ruins.

The author of Lamentations is a witness to the cruel violence the people suffered. This suffering was both physical and, as we read in today’s portion of scripture, psychological. His reaction is to cry out to God for vengeance.

In the new covenant, Jesus speaks about a different way to deal with violence and suffering. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us some of his most revolutionary teachings. To turn the other cheek; to love enemies; to bless those who curse - ideas that Jesus would demonstrate at his arrest, torture and execution.

 

Something to pray

Oh God, lead us from death to life 
From falsehood to truth 
Lead us from despair to hope 
From hate to love 
From war to peace 
Let peace fill our hearts and our world. 
Amen.

 

Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Senior Regional Coordinator for its South East region.


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