Monday, January 22, 2007

"Do not worry about what you will eat . . ."

Here's a thought that occurred to me when reading Psalm 78.

Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat in Mt 6.25 (vv. 25-34, more generally). This undoubtedly applies to different people in different times -- it's a general lesson we can all learn. Nonetheless, I wonder whether the lesson might have been somewhat more directly aimed to the audience who heard it directly from the lips of Jesus. After all, Israel sinned in the wilderness time and again precisely because they were anxious about what they would eat (Ps 78.17-20). So perhaps Jesus' message was more immediately a renewed appeal to Israel for faithfulness to her Lord and King. "Unlike your forefathers in the wilderness, you, do not worry about what you will eat."


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