April 17th, 2020

Obviously it is not The Good Friday morning but a good Friday morning. We start with an imprecatory Psalm in Psalm 83. The Psalmist asks that God destroy Israel’s enemies for the sake of righteousness and justice. Pagan societies also had a tradition of imprecatory sayings or poems. These were tied to magic and not the one true God. They were for personal grievances not based on righteousness. We come to Ezekiel 4 where Ezekiel is commanded by God to make a model of Jerusalem and build siege works against it and the to lay on his side for 390 days straight and bake bread over cow dung to symbolize sin and suffering and that Jerusalem would be destroyed and the generation of exiles in Babylon at that time would not be going home. In Matthew 6 we have the Beatitudes. Do not perform your acts of righteousness before men. Then we are told how to pray and not to do so in vain repetition in order to manipulate God into giving us what we want but with gaining God’s perspective. “Our Father,” It is not just about you and me. “Hallowed be Thy name” I should have a reverent attitude toward God. He provides our daily bread. God bless all of you dear people.