harmonized aims

Proper 11

July 22, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 2:11-22
Reading 4: 
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
By Paul Nancarrow

Jeremiah 23:1-6

This passage begins in the same prophet-speaking-truth-to-power vein as the Amos passage from last week, but then it heads toward a different conclusion. Jeremiah cries woe upon the “shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of God’s pasture,” that is, the kings and nobles who are charged by God with caring for God’s people, and who have betrayed that charge by exploiting the people instead.

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