28 January 24 – Epiphany 4B (COCU 12B)

28 January 24 – Epiphany 4B (COCU 12B)
(Deuteronomy 18:15-20)
How do we declare
a word is of God, from God,
and the speaker true?

Affirming a word,
authentic, true and from God
requires discernment.

Probe that word, testing,
questioning, doubting, comparing
with past words from God.

The word of the Lord,
transcendent, word from ‘outside’,
breaking in on us.

A word from God
calls to the way of justice
and life over death.
    Jeff Shrowder, 2024
*** I’m indebted to Howard Wallace for some of the ideas expressed in these lines.
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