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Isaiah 10Social Injustice

 Thursday, June 2, 2016renewal

Isaiah 10 is book-ended by words that we hear so often during the Advent season: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light . . . But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from this root a bud shall blossom.  These words remind us that someone is coming great enough to take all of us in . . . and indeed, this one is already among us.  Today’s Noontime reminds us of what pulls us away from God and it draws clear imagery with Assyria and Sennacherib as vehicles not only of pain and loss, but ultimate transformation . . . if we but follow the Light, the Christ.  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light . . . But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from this root a bud shall blossom. 

Isaiah tells us clearly that when we trust the Lord we need not tremble before overwhelming odds.  If we move out of the darkness to stand in the light and obey the voice within, we have nothing to fear.  Do not fear the Assyrian, though he strikes you with a rod, and raises his staff against you. 

Isaiah reminds us that though we are small, we are also mighty . . . when we place our fear where it is best handled, in God’s capable hands.  The tall of stature are felled, and the lofty ones brought low; the forest thickets are felled with the axe. 

Isaiah repeats a theme often heard with the prophets: those who can remain faithful through the holocaust will be standing when all others have blown away like chaff in the wind.  The remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no more lean upon him who struck them; but they will lean upon the Lord . . . a remnant will return . . . only a remnant will return.

Allowing injustice to happen without speaking or witnessing is the broad path taken by many; but it is not the marrow path taken by the remnant.  As Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:3 and Luke 13:24, most of us will succumb to a system that allows injustice for many the sake of the comfort of a few.  This remnant that remains in God will have to bend before the force of the storm, but all of this bending will be worthwhile.  This is the message that Isaiah brings to us: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light . . . But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from this root a bud shall blossom.

A Favorite from June 10, 2009.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chaff flying in the wind . . .

Chaff flying in the wind . . .

Chaff in the Wind

Psalm 1:3-4

The faithful one is like a tree planted near streams of water, which bears fruit in its season, and whose leaves never wither.  In the same way, everything the faithful one does will prosper.  This is not true of the wicked, for they are like chaff that the wind blows away. 

We have been counseled to remain apart from those who delight in evil; we have been urged to maintain a close relationship with God.  Jesus, the Word Among Us, reminds us that we must do more than love those who love us; we must pray for those who wish us harm.

God says: I know that evil frightens you and this is as it should be.  But will you do more than avoid evil for me?  Will you pray for those planted in dry places?  Will you intercede for those who wither and die?  Will you think of them and pray for them as they fly like chaff in the wind?  Will you call them back to me?

Jesus tells us that much is expected of those who have been given much.  (Luke 12:48)  He says the same to us.  Jesus asks the man he cured of demons to return home and tell how much God has done for him.  (Luke 8:39)  He asks the same of us.  The resurrected Christ reminds Peter to feed the flock.  (John 21:15-25)  He also reminds us.

Type the word chaff in the blog search bar and examine how we might be chaff that flies before the wind or the word of God with Christ.  To read about winnowing grain, click on the image above or go to http://issachar5.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/chaff-of-the-threshing-floor/

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