[reaction to OYB’s Oct. 26-28 readings]
Today I finished Jeremiah. First point, compare the final paragraph of Second Kings and that of Jeremiah, here. Jeremiah spends a decent amount of time predicting the destruction of everyone under the sun. Like Isaiah, he goes through and specifically discusses what will happen to all of the people around Israel/Judah. It seems to me that Jeremiah spends more time focussing on the difference between the royality and the ordinary people.
Today I also finished (and started) Paul’s letter to Titus. This letter just really focusses on being polite and self-controlled. It is actually pretty hard to justify even that rather tame advice with the ministry of Jesus reported in the Gospels. It also includes this advice:
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
Titus 3:9-11. I might have to quarrel with this law.