27 June 2021

27 June 2021

God did not make death,
and he does not delight in the death of the living.
For he created all things so that they might exist;
the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them,
and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
For righteousness is immortal.

Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24, NRSV

These words were written at a time when many still believed that after death a person entered Sheol – a place of darkness or even of punishment. The writer wants to give the people a more positive, hopeful vision in which the love of God is so great that it does not end with physical death. Physical death, in this vision, becomes a way in which people enter a new and glorious life.

    • What hope do you think these words offered to the people of the time they were written?
    • What is your hope for life after physical death?

Pray for someone you know who has died recently and for those who mourn them.


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