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#TheoThursday is an “almost-weekly” post that examines how the Bible shapes all aspects of life, including leadership. I will share my personal applications from the week’s readings, and maybe make a few comedic musings (THAT is in the Bible!?). I hope some will join me in this pursuit. To learn more, download the CCC Life app and click the “Bible Savvy” tab at the bottom of the homepage.

This week’s reading: Jeremiah chapters 18-22 , Matthew chapters 12:22-13:58, Psalm 118

My top application as a leader: I was struck by Jeremiah’s words from the LORD to Shallum, son of Josiah: “Woe to him who builds his palace on unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor” (22:13). Jeremiah then compares this with how Shallum’s father, Josiah behaved, “he defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me, declares the LORD” (22:16). What a striking example of being someone worth following. I would do well to care for the cause of the poor and needy.

My top application as a husband/father: We talk with the kids often about having a joyful heart and being grateful for what we have. Psalm 118’s repetition of “his love endures forever” (5x) reminds of this. Then there is verse 6, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?” David, the author of the Psalm, knows a thing or two about being on the run from people wanting kill him. So, these aren’t “feel good” words, but life-lived words. His joyful heart, despite circumstances, is instructive.

Who should read these chapters? Those needing a reminder that behind every immigrant, every poor person, and every widow, is a human-being loved by God.

What was funny or surprising about what you read? Returning again to Jeremiah 22, referring this time to another one of Josiah’s sons (Jehoiakim) Jeremiah instructs, “He will have the burial of a donkey –dragged away and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem” (22:19). This dude isn’t messing around!!!

Do you find reading the Bible intimidating? Or, do you have no idea where to even begin? If so, I would encourage you to check-out the The Bible Project, which utilizes cartoons (CARTOONS!) to explain the contents of the Bible.