Week Twenty-seven: Covenant justice through the faithfulness of Jesus

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 27
    • Noon: Psalm 79
    • Vespers: Psalm 119:49-56
    • Night: Psalm 141
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: Romans 3:21-31
    • Tuesday: Romans 4:1-21
    • Wednesday: Romans 5:1-11
    • Thursday: Romans 5:12-21
    • Friday: Romans 6:1-23
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

Consider the simple differences in translation. Many modern languages translate Romans 3:22 as “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (New International Version). However, N. T. Wright translates it thus, “God’s covenant justice comes into operation through the faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah, for the benefit of all who have faith” (The Kingdom New Testament).

Another way to say this, “Those who trust in the faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah experience God’s covenant justice.”

How are these two ideas different from each other? Does the translation make a difference? How do they inform your daily life?

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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