Lenten Meditation 22, March 22

Wednesday, March 22

Psalm 81
Jeremiah 2:4-13
John 7:14-31, 37-39

by Sandie Mueller

The psalm cries out, “If you would but listen to me. . .oh, that my people would listen to me and walk in my ways. Where is the Lord who brought us up from Egypt, led us in wilderness where no one lives?”

Jeremiah says, “My people have forsaken me, the fountain of living water and dug cisterns, cracked that can hold no water.” Jesus spent forty days in the desert after his baptism by John, and his experience almost reflects the desert experience of the Israelites coming out of Egypt. He was tempted but answered those temptations. He listened to God.

Jeremiah asks What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me. They did not ask, “Where is the Lord?” Jesus was/is the Lord.

In John Jesus says, “My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether I am speaking on my own. Those who speak on their own seek their own glory, but the one who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is true and there is nothing false in him. Judge by right judgment.”