Lectionary Year B
December 12, 1999
Third Sunday in Advent
Psalm 126

IV: Broader Context


(FS) A. PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANTIY

"Seed being sown"--- brings to mind Paul talking about the resurrection of our bodies in 1 Corinthians 15. The seed is sown in dishonor, but harvested in glory.

(FS) B. OT & JUDAISM

In the OT, there are numerous examples of the restoration of Zion catching the attention of the nations.
      Isaiah 52:1-10, 49:8-26

Promise of restoration:
      Amos 9: 4, Joel 3:1, Jeremiah 29:14, Zeph. 2:7

Ezra and Nehemiah: the return from exile was not quite a "happily ever after" story.



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