Our days are not unlike Noah’s. Creation is in ruin, spoiled, and injured. Our world is filled with violence, destruction, iniquity, blood, sickness, malice, oppression – in a word, sin. Like Noah, God is calling us to leave the violence and wickedness of this world and find shelter and mercy in the arms of Jesus the Messiah.
The life of Job and of Necia Rogers point us to the Advocate all humanity has in heaven, the Son of Man who sits at the right hand of the Ancient of Days
I was lost in my own thoughts when I realized that a man was greeting me. His face was creased with the heaviness of life. He said hello so I said hello back. And he smiled that I acknowledged him. Having felt seen, he began to speak to me.
When Jesus says something is as important as what he says. The Parable of the Two Sons was directed at a specific audience. When we understand who and why, then we can understand what Jesus is saying to us today.
Psalm 103 reminds us that God’s character is to always have mercy and that he longs to dwell with us and makes a way for him to be always among us. It starts with a doxology, fancy word for a praise about God. Then it tells us why we should praise him, by listing his benefits to those who follow him. It continues by describing God and listing what he’s like. Then it says what humans are like and how we are not like God at all. Then it closes with another doxology, calling all creation in heaven and earth to praise God the Creator.