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Isaiah 28 and 29: The Fate of Samaria – Part II

Friday, March 2, 2018 

Hills of Samaria

Go ahead and be stupid! Go ahead and be blind! Get drunk without any wine! Stagger without drinking a drop!

Isaiah warns us that we are sometimes drunk with our desire for total independence from God.

So I will startle them with one unexpected blow after another. Those who are wise will turn out to be fools, and all their cleverness will be useless.

Isaiah pleads with us to see the inversion of God’s plan that the high are brought low and the lowly rise.

Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are doomed! They carry out their schemes in secret and think no one will see them or know what they are doing. They turn everything upside down. Which is more important, the potter or the clay? 

Isaiah asks us to examine our understanding of our relationship with God.

In this sacred time of Lent, as we explore our dreams and motivations, we also reflect on our motivations and desires. And so we consider . . . When darkness surrounds us, we remember that God will always convert all harm to goodness. When we believe we can hide from the Creator, we deceive only ourselves. When we believe that we are the potter rather than the clay, we deny the Spirit. When we finally perceive the light in the midst of destruction, we acknowledge the redeeming love of Christ.

Tomorrow, the cornerstone.

A reflection written on January 30, 2008. 

Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samaria 

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