Second Week of Lent | Angie Bryant

Psalms 72
Jeremiah 3:6-18
Romans 1:28-2:11
John 5:1-18

The prayer of David in Psalm 72 seems to foreshadow the plight and promise for all mankind. Mankind, despite its sinful nature, is greatly loved by God. Jeremiah describes the faithlessness of Israel, a nation chosen by God. Her immorality mattered so little to her and extended so far that God was willing to extend her a certificate of divorce. Yet He waited for her return. Time and time again He waited for her to no longer follow the stubbornness of her evil heart, acknowledge her guilt and return. “Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will choose you…”

Romans describes the plight of people so wayward that God had given them over to depravity of mind so that they do what ought not be done, every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. Although they know God’s righteous decree that such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these things but approve of those who practice them. Mankind, because of his unrepentant heart, stores up wrath, trouble and distress against himself. Yet, God loves us so much that He not only waits for us to return to Him, He also pursues us. As with the man by the pool of Bethesda, Jesus recognizes our sinful condition. He knows that we have labored there in a weak and defenseless condition for a long time. With mercy and tenderness He asks the sin-sick soul “Do you want to get well?” Still, for us, He awaits our return. Out of the riches of His love with kindness, forbearance and patience —He waits.

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. “For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no help. He takes pity on the weak and the needy and saves of us from death.”

ANGIE BRYANT
Director of Fitness and Recreation

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