Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Knowing God

“Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
his upper rooms by injustice,
making his subjects work for nothing,
not paying them for their labor.
He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace
with spacious upper rooms.’
So he makes large windows in it,
panels it with cedar
and decorates it in red.
“Does it make you a king
to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
He did what was right and just,
so all went well with him.
He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?”
declares the LORD.
“But your eyes and your heart
are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood
and on oppression and extortion.””—Jeremiah 22:13-17 TNIV

<idle musing>
Compare what Jeremiah says about what it means to "know God" with some of the rhetoric going on in the U.S. today. Hmmm...wonder which one is right? I wouldn't bet my life on the current interpretation if I were you...Jeremiah's credentials are a bit better than theirs.
</idle musing>

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