A chapter promising, warning, Israel of coming destruction. Their particular combination of idols, political alliances and a hollow show of ritual, the deception of it, makes God angry.
It’s anything but God. They won’t accept that their prosperity comes from God. They look anywhere else to trust for their success. It’s pride I suppose.
The only way God can show he is God is to take it away.
A had a nice exchange with Mark our pastor, who is clearly going a bit stir crazy not being able to minister to as many people as he was, because of the virus lockdown. He’d put a post on Facebook denying that the pandemic is a direct punishment from God for specific sin. It doesn’t work any more like it does in the old testament.
So I shared with him some of the blankness I have been feeling here. If you can’t draw lines to punishment, where can you draw them? Does it all mean nothing? He teased that a sermon is in the works.
Certainly the “anything but God” pride is still evident all round the place. That hasn’t changed one bit.
I’m in a quiet place emotionally. I’m pessimistic about continuing when my three month contract is up in early June. I’m one of 7 very capable “content specialists” in my team. Not very special, not much for me to do as far as I can tell.
I’m still furious with my boss Rod for making me redundant. He did it so that the events team could have extra resources because they were so busy. All the events are now cancelled. I’m way less likely to get a job with the state of the economy. He couldn’t have known how the virus situation would develop, but he could have been more kind, well before I was made redundant. Roles switched, I would not have done it to him.
But enough venting. I will await my rector’s online sermon with interest.