Saturday, December 11, 2021

Advent readings 2021 : Day 14


In which the exiles meet God beyond their exile


Genesis 5:21-24

And Enoch lived sixty-five years and he begot Methuselah. And Enoch walked with God after he begot Methuselah three hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God and he was no more, for God took him.


Jeremiah 31:17, 20, 21

I have surely heard Ephraim rocking with grief: You chastened me and I was chastened like an untrained calf. Bring me back, that I may come back, for You are the LORD my God.

Set yourselves markers, put up road signs for yourself, pay heed to the highway, the way where you walked, Turn back, O Virgin Israel. Turn back to these towns of yours. How long will you slip away, rebellious daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing on earth—the female goes round the male.


Genesis 5 is a genealogy, that moves the story on from Adam to Noah. It is a genealogy of the Jewish faith, and, later, the Christian faith, though those listed are not Jews, let alone Christians. It is, in other words, a path, a Way, back home. Markers on the road back from exile. And Enoch is a signpost, showing the way, calling us to walk with God, as God walked with Adam in the garden. Moreover, in his going around death, Enoch is a sign that God, the Sustainer, has created a new thing, for those who come back.

Why not come back this Advent? Now is the time. The kingdom of God has drawn close.


Biblical texts: Robert Alter, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary


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