Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 26, 2006

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 26, 2006

Article excerpt

Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

Cupped Ear/Psalm Sounds

Hear this psalm as a sermon on the "steadfast love" of God. There is thankfulness and praise in the voce of the psalmist.

Verses 1-3 are a community thanksgiving that encourages all the people to praise God for their return from exile. The ones who are called to give thanks are "the redeemed of the Lord" (v. 2). This phrase is used only one other time, in Isaiah 62:12, when it refers to the inhabitants of restored Zion.

There are four sections in this psalm that illustrate God's deliverance from trouble. Verses 4-9 describe those who are lost in the wilderness and are hungry and thirsty. The second section in verses 10-16 describes those in prison. This could be any type of prison--physical, emotional, or spiritual.

The third section is the reading for Lent 4. The NRSV translates the beginning of verse 17 as "Some were sick" instead of "Some were fools. …

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