And be mindful of the prophecies and the commandments

2 Peter 3:1-7

Peter begins the next segment of his letter in the context of his affection and love for the recipients. As he is winding down the second of his two letters, he states plainly that one of his motivations in both is to awaken them and remind them of certain things.

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"Glory to God in the highest!" (Exuberant multitudes shout their acclaim.)

Matthew 21:1-16

A week from today, this passage anchors the Sunday School lesson (“The King as a Servant”) in the quarterlies by Christian Light Publications. Here’s a four-verse chunk out of the middle:

  1. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
  2. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
  3. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
  4. And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

When I read the passage a few minutes ago, this expression clicked for me: “in the highest.”

Such a familiar ring… Could it be…? I looked it up. Sure enough! Continue reading