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May 19, 2011

Obama Threw Israel Under The Bus

This is not part of a potential Presidential campaign but part of my daily Bible readings:

Mitt Romney says that Obama Threw Israel Under The Bus.
Benjamin Netanyahu told Obama the 1967 borders are indefensible.
And like so many before him Obama still believes in America’s Two-State Fantasy.
At least God’s people have one reliable ally as today’s reading Isaiah 41:1-20 reinforces:
But you, Israel my servant, you are the people that I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham, my friend. I brought you from the ends of the earth; I called you from its farthest corners and said to you, “You are my servant.” I did not reject you, but chose you. Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. Those who are angry with you will know the shame of defeat. Those who fight against you will die and will disappear from the earth. I am the LORD your God; I strengthen you and tell you, “Do not be afraid; I will help you.” The LORD says, Small and weak as you are, Israel, don’t be afraid; I will help you. I, the holy God of Israel, am the one who saves you. (verses 8-14)

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May 18, 2011

Comfort my People

The book of the second Isaiah starts beginning with chapter 40. Deutero-Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55) was written during the Babylonian Exile and is a book of hope quite different from Proto-Isaiah (Isaiah 1-39) announcing doom’s day.

Today’s reading Isaiah 40:1-31 starts with a shout-out to the homeland:
“Comfort my people,” says our God. “Comfort them! Encourage the people of Jerusalem. Tell them they have suffered long enough and their sins are now forgiven.”

Right after that the prophet announces that God’s people will be able to return home:
A voice cries out, “Prepare in the wilderness a road for the LORD! Clear the way in the desert for our God! Fill every valley; level every mountain. The hills will become a plain, and the rough country will be made smooth. Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it. The LORD himself has promised this. ”

Do you remember another voice in the wilderness proclaiming the upcoming salvation? Here is the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark about John the Baptist’s ministry:
This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It began as the prophet Isaiah had written: “God said, ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.’ Someone is shouting in the desert, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!’”

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May 17, 2011

Resurrection

What is so cool about Christianity? Hope for resurrection? Not really, that has been part of Judaism for a long time as today’s reading Isaiah 26:1-21 shows:
“Those of our people who have died will live again! Their bodies will come back to life. All those sleeping in their graves will wake up and sing for joy. As the sparkling dew refreshes the earth, so the LORD will revive those who have long been dead.” (verse 19)

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May 16, 2011

What does Heaven look like?

“Here on Mount Zion the LORD Almighty will prepare a banquet for all the nations of the world—a banquet of the richest food and the finest wine. Here he will suddenly remove the cloud of sorrow that has been hanging over all the nations. The Sovereign LORD will destroy death forever! He will wipe away the tears from everyone’s eyes and take away the disgrace his people have suffered throughout the world. The LORD himself has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:6-8)
That is the climax both of today’s reading Isaiah 25:1-12 and world history:
– Peace to Zion
– Banquet for all peoples
– Death destroyed
– Pain and suffering gone
Find more visions of heaven here.

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Mar 16, 2011

Isaiah 58:1-14

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 58:1-14. Have you ever been looking for social justice in the Bible? – Well today’s passage has a lot of it. And there is numerous other Biblical Foundations for Advocacy.

Do you remember how last summer Serene Jones, President at Union Theological Seminary sent An Open Letter to Glenn Beck? Students put together a welcome message inviting him to come and study liberation theology and learn about social justice in the Bible:

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Mar 15, 2011

Isaiah 55:1-13

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 55:1-13.
Ludwig Feuerbach found that “Religion is the outward projection of man’s inner nature”. That is so true!
Unfortunately faith is always in danger of becoming religious. Isaiah reminds us that God is bigger than any religious effort:
“My thoughts,” says the LORD, “are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.”

Religion is about making God manageable, domesticating God’s incomprehensible greatness.
God, give me the faith to abstain from religion!

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Mar 14, 2011

Isaiah 38:1-20

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 38:1-20.
God is unfair: “I, the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will let you live fifteen years longer.”
Gimme a break: All you need to do is whining and you get your way? If we are really God’s children then basic parenting rules like being consistent should be in place, right?
This whole mercy thing is simply not fair! Thank God!

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Jan 8, 2011

Matthew 3:1-17

Today’s Reading is Matthew 3:1-17
During Jesus’ time there were many many preachers calling for repentance like John. In every day and age you have people that are expecting the end of time to come soon so they need to join Isaiah in his call. Jesus comes to end that. He is the final revelation. (Barmen 1) With his appearance God has said everything and showed everything. Jesus tells John: “Let it be so for now. For in this way we shall do all that God requires.” Jesus sharing our common lot, repenting on our behalf, paying for our sins, that is all it requires. The baptism of John is one of repentance which is no longer necessary in Christ Jesus. A Christian baptism is there to “remind you and assure you that Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross is for you personally”. Then a voice said from heaven, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased.” in Christ that is true for all of us as well – no John necessary.

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