Gift & Challenge

July 20th, 2012 by MMiller

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

July 1, 2012

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Contemporary Testimony: an excerpt from “The Land” by Walter Brueggemann
Israel’s faith is essentially a journeying in and out of land, and its faith can be organized around these focuses. This subject is worth our attention because contemporary problems are quite parallel. We know in our time about the hunger for rootage and the yearning for turf. We know about the destructive power of coveting and the anxiety of displacement. And we know from time to time about gifts given and promises kept. In ancient Israel and now, persons and communities have been consumed by problems, most of which are about land. And so we may ask about the power of the promise which is also mostly about land – a promise both glorious and problematic.

Biblical Testimony: Deuteronomy 8:7-10
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.