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Lenten meditations: Monday, April 7

Columbia Biblical Studies: Monday, April 7
Columbia Biblical Studies: Monday, April 7
Peter Griffin

As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each is accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please submit your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.

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Today’s scripture readings are Exodus 7:25 and 8:19, 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 and Mark 10:17-31.

Lenten Meditations are based on searching, asking and listening at Trinity Cathedral Parish. In Exodus 7:25-8:19 God tells Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go so that they can worship God freely. Pharaoh did not listen. In our human nature, sometimes we believe our decisions are better than God’s. What the wisdom of Moses is about has to do with his listening to God.

In 2 Corinthians 3:7-18, Moses’ people are searching for the glory of God. In verses 13 through 18 Moses wore a veil to show the end of the glory put aside. Due to this, Moses’ people did not have to wear veils like him because their hearts were hardened like rocks on the ground. Sometimes when we search for something and cannot find it, our hearts are infected with sadness produced by the devil. We can resist the power of evil by praying, believing in God and simply having hope.

In Mark 10:17-31, a rich man asks Jesus how to have everlasting life. Jesus says to sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. The rich man does not want to do this because he likes his many possessions. It reminds him of the scripture of the widow going to the temple to give money to God. She only had two denari, and she was among the rich who were giving as well. Though the rich were giving much more, the two denari she was giving were all that she had. Sometimes when we are rich we refuse to give all our money away. Our things are worth more when we give all we have to God. In return we receive the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ.

Timothy Smith

Trinity Cathedral Parish

Columbia, South Carolina

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