“Saved by Joy”; Oct. 14 scripture chosen by guest preacher Barbara Holmes

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.

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One Response to “Saved by Joy”; Oct. 14 scripture chosen by guest preacher Barbara Holmes

  1. Alan D. Hughes says:

    Zephaniah 3:14-20
    Shout for joy, Fair Zion, Cry aloud, O Israel! Rejoice and be glad with all your heart Fair Jerusalem!
    The LORD has annulled the judgment against you; He has swept away your foes. Israel’s Sovereign the LORD is within you; You need fear misfortune no more.
    In that day, This shall be said to Jerusalem: Have no fear, O Zion; Let not your hands droop!
    Your God the LORD is in your midst, A warrior who brings triumph. He will rejoice over you and be glad, He will shout over you with jubilation. He will soothe with His love
    Those long disconsolate, I will take away from you the woe Over which you endured mockery.
    At that time I will make [an end] Of all who afflicted you. And I will rescue the lame [sheep] And gather the strayed; And I will exchange their disgrace For fame and renown in all the earth.
    At that time I will gather you, And at [that] time I will bring you [home]; For I will make you renowned and famous Among all the peoples on earth, When I restore your fortunes Before their very eyes
    –said the LORD.

    TANAKH
    The Holy Scriptures
    The New JPS Translation
    According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
    —–
    And then the Holocaust happened!!
    And now the troubles are occurring in the State of Israel and between the State of Israel and its neighbors.
    —–
    Where is the God of the TANAKH???
    —–
    THIS IS A QUOTATION:
    How could God allow such a thing?
    Why didn’t God do anything?
    To ask such questions assumes that God occasionally intervenes in human affairs without human agency.
    Yet countless events remind us that God does not work like that. Indeed, while it contradicts literal readings of some sacred texts, we suspect that God never has.
    God did not die in the Holocaust, only the Deuteronomic idea of God who through suspending laws of nature, rewards and punishes people.

    Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
    God was in this Place & I, I did not know:
    Finding Self, Spirituality, and Ultimate Meaning
    Page 61
    —–
    And so there it is. God did not die in the Holocaust, only the God of Moses. So saith Rabbi Kushner.

    So who is this new God?
    Is it the God of Jesus of Nazareth?
    How has that God been working for you lately???
    —–
    It will be very interesting to hear what Dr. Barbara Holmes has to say.

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