After days in Verizon Online purgatory, everything is up and running. Two tech support calls later and we’re in good shape.
So, the diabled lappy is hooked up to our monitor and I’m anchored down in the upstairs wanna be “office.”
Much has been going on. I just finished plowing through Deuteronomy. Today I began working through Jeremiah.
I think the book of Deuteronomy is one of the most important books in the Bible. It serves as an appropriate bridge through the tumult of the first five books of the Bible where God is trying to establish a people of his own and sets the stage for the spreading of the God’s influence into the world.
The message of the Lord is constantly jumping from the past, as in the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to the present, obey these laws so that you can love me and enjoy blessing, to the future, if you disobey the covenant there will be dire consequences.
At times there is a sense of fatalism. God seems to really know that his people will forsake him for other Gods, so he even goes through the trouble of mentioning that. In a sense, the drama of the Bible appears in microcosm in the book of Deuteronomy. Did I mention that I think it’s an important book???
Now I’m working through the book of Jeremiah. I thought this would be interesting because it’s an important milestone with Israel. The covenant has been broken and the dreaded curses are descending on Israel.
Nevertheless, there are glimmers of hope. Check this out for instance:
3:14 “Come back to me, my wayward sons,” says the Lord, “for I am your true master. If you do, I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion.
3:15 “I will give you leaders who will be faithful to me. They will lead you with knowledge and insight.
3:16 In those days, your population will greatly increase in the land. At that time,” says the Lord, “people will no longer talk about having the ark that contains the Lord’s covenant with us. They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done any more!”
Now that must be a downer for Messianic Christians who want to rebuild the temple, haul in a new ark, and herald the return of Jesus.
So the ark will not be missed he says. Now why would that be???
My first thought is that people who have God living within and among them no longer have a need for such reminders of God’s presence or covenant. The law is already written on their hearts. The atonement has already been made. What other function could the ark perform?