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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 18, 2022

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[Bernard Mizeki]

Psalm l90:1 Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.

I recently read Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible. I did so in a way I had never done before, namely, straight through, fairly quickly, and in the order used by our Jewish siblings in faith, which differs from the order Christians are familiar with after 2 Kings.

I recommend reading it this way at least once. Doing so illuminates the great narrative, across thousands of years, of God’s relationship with humanity, and particularly Israel. It begins with the creation of the cosmos and a face-to-face relationship with God and concludes by looking forward to the end of the Babylonian exile and the construction of the Second Temple, where the Jewish people can resume worship according to the way of their ancestors.

For me, reading the text this way offered a new depth of meaning to the genealogy that opens Matthew’s Gospel. In the past, I’ve skimmed those verses. But now, I see them as signifying the continuity of Christ’s ministry with everything that had come before, the testimony of God’s faithfulness from one generation to the next.

MOVING FORWARD: Read the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew.

PRAY for the Diocese of Maiwut (South Sudan)

Ps 87, 90 * 136 | Numbers 13:31—14:25 | Romans 3:9-20 | Matthew 19:1-12



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