I am the salvation of the people saith the Lord: in whatever tribulation they shall cry to me, I will hear them. And I will be their Lord forever. Attend, O my people, to my law.
October 20th (19th Sunday After Pentecost): “Equipped For Every Good Work”
The readings this week stress persistence in our approach to God. When we step up, we are invited to do so with confidence knowing that God has everything we need for every good work. Jacob wrestles with God and would not let go until God blessed him.
The theme here is cultivation of new order. The passage uses images and symbols of a gardening and cultivation: sow and seed of human and animals Jeremiah , to plant v28 , grapes v God shows himself as someone who cultivated and grows and grows and weeds out those things that are rotten and bad and not productive. God is intimately involved with his creation: humankind and animals, trees, plants and all vegetation and all fruits. Here in Jeremiah God will cultivate and build a new House of Israel and Judah with the seeds of mankind and animals is likened to the cultivation of a field. It is done with care and love and with patience. The new nation with be his and the people will have his laws written on their hearts. The law of God is the Torah — the commandments to love one another and all creation and to seek justice so that all those who have the law written in their hearts will know God for he will have forgiven them for their sins and wickedness. Jeremiah
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Ps In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas set a guard on the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands. It is necessary to boast; nothing is to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows.