Two thirds (2/3) of Lent have gone by. We’re fays away from Palm Sunday (03/24), Holy Week, Maundy Thursday (03/28), Good Friday (03/29) and Easter (Resurrection Sunday, Pascha, 03/31). Then fifty (50) days later, it’d be Pentecost and Ascension Thursday (celebrated the following Sunday).
Ironically I just found out that there’s an ancient tradition involving eggs on Easter as a reminder of rebirth, which somehow involves the planet Venus (female deity, perhaps the Pagan Goddess and/or male/female equality and its relation with the Knights Templar).
Putting eggs and bunnies aside, I’m considering doing a new series after Lent — every scripture lesson read during worship since I returned to church (late 2008; several hundreds not only from FAPC, but all others I’ve gone to in this city) with my opinion (good, bad, cynical and even heretic). What do you think?
In any case, this is today’s Lent devotional.
“1 The Lord shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the Lord, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. 2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. 3 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. 4 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good. 6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. 8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the Lord, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: 9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. 10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.” (Jeremiah 24:1-10 KJV)
By the way, I’m not sure what the above means aside from the wrath of God (Jeremiah 24:10) after mentioning figs throughout the first eight (8) verses.
“And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.”
I’m not too smart with the OT, which I should study in more detail.