2nd Sunday before Advent – Sunday 6th December 2015 – Baruch 5
Where are the surprises?
Whose voices do we not hear?
What challenges us?
Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?
- There is so much hyperbole. I want to disrupt its flow.
- Having said this vs 1-4 are so beautiful. After the painful loss of the exile, Jerusalem is being spoken to gently and being given such good news. I would love to wear ‘the beauty of the glory from God’. I felt a little of this: after my painful divorce and singleness, I was married again – my dress was beautiful.
- At this time of year, I think of the McCann family and all those who won’t have a loved one with them this Christmas. That longing for them to return is echoed so well in v6
The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?
- After this week and the vote on Syria, what might we say about this promise, which did happen – Baruch’s exiles did come back but the reality of being back was hard. What might 2015’s exiles say?
- The promise of ‘coming home’ when Jesus comes again is ‘on theme’ for Advent. We don’t hear those who want to come home but for some reason can’t.
What challenges us in 2015?
- Thinking about Jesus’ 2nd coming and preaching this in 2015 is hard enough.
- The longings in these verses are so strong. How do we expose these longings to ‘those who don’t think about the God stuff’.
- This chapter seems a done deal. Faith is always more complex, unsure and there’s few ‘thus says the Lord’. How can we speak in a sure way about things unsure.