Friday, August 01, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Jeremiah 13:22-27
22 "If you say in your heart, 'Why have these things happened to me?' Because of the magnitude of your iniquity Your skirts have been removed And your heels have been exposed. 23 "Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good Who are accustomed to doing evil. 24 "Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw To the desert wind. 25 "This is your lot, the portion measured to you From Me," declares the LORD, "Because you have forgotten Me And trusted in falsehood. 26 "So I Myself have also stripped your skirts off over your face, That your shame may be seen. 27 "As for your adulteries and your lustful neighings, The lewdness of your prostitution On the hills in the field, I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you remain unclean?"
.There a lot of the Old Testament, especially the prophets, which isn't easy reading, for they dwell upon the evil of man. Jeremiah is one of them. This plays well to the good ol' Calvinist view of total depravity; a leopard can't change his spots short of cosmetic surgery, and they didn't have cosmetic surgery in the BC. In the world of Jeremiah, all-out sin didn't have a good remedy. it reminds me of the story of two sisters-
"These are my two daughters, Faith and Charity." "No Hope?" "Not for these two."
However, we do have cosmetic surgery for the leopard spots in the AD. Well, it isn't really cosmetic surgery, it's good make-up that covers up those spots. The spots are still there, but it's the blood of Jesus that removes those spots from the Father's view. Today, we have more hope that the Israelites did 2.5 millennia ago, since God's come down to be the sacrifice to end all sacrifices

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