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Proper 14

Isaiah 1.1, 10–20
Hebrews 11.1–3, 8–16
Luke 12.32–40

Stories about a master going away and returning would have been interpreted in Jesus’ world as stories about Israel’s God, YHWH. He had ‘gone away’ at the exile, as Ezekiel describes graphically. At no point in the ‘post-exilic’ literature does anyone say that he has returned; but at almost every point it insists that he will. When he does, it will mean not just blessing, but judgement...

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