Old Testament: Jeremiah 17:5-8 (Epiphany 6: Series C)

Our section on the “trusting heart” is often misunderstood as the difference between those who are believers and those who are not. This is misleading because the text clearly tells us it is addressing the trusting/believing heart. The question the pericope begs us to contemplate is not whether the heart trusts or believes, but rather, what does the heart trust…

Old Testament: Isaiah 43:1-7 (Epiphany 1: Series C)

The location of this text, its context, is quite interesting. Preceding this text is the very strong language of Isaiah 42 which is a judgement speech of Yahweh which proclaims a brutal rebuke of Israel which includes the destruction of the country of Judah, the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. But now, beginning in 43:1, we have what Reed…

Old Testament: Isaiah 43:1-7 (Epiphany 1: Series C)

The location of this text, its context, is quite interesting. Preceding this text is the very strong language of Isaiah 42 which is a judgement speech of Yahweh which proclaims a brutal rebuke of Israel which includes the destruction of the country of Judah, the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. But now, beginning in 43:1, we have what Reed…