Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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Agony by Theyre Lee-Elliott (1903-1988)
The rulers and authorities intended to make a public example of Jesus by nailing him to a cross. But what rulers intended for evil God intended for good and in the ultimate irony the shame of the cross is its glory. Those who killed Jesus according to the demands of the law could not foresee that condemning Christ would in the end fulfill the law. We who are not overly concerned with circumcision or keeping kosher or observing festivals must none-the-less admit our tendency to prefer the rules and regulations of religion, if only for the regiment they bring, to what otherwise seems too good to be true or too simple to be of much use. Each tradition claims Christ and disagreements about perceived fundamentals of faith lead one to dismiss the other as misguided or misinformed or sadly mistaken. But if God set aside the requirements of kosher and circumcision and Sabbath without a substitution save one then maybe that’s the only thing we have to hold onto to remain rooted and built up and established in the God who is Love.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The small g gods who covet a capital G will have to listen while the psalmist sings praise of the Lord exalted above all things especially small g gods. The kings of the earth, accustomed to people bowing down to them, will have to bow down to a higher power and join the song whether they like it or not. And so you might expect the Lord of all the earth, who puts little g gods in their place and is King above all kings, to act the part. But this One who knows no equal, no rival, no one worthy of comparison, regards the lowly, preserves the powerless, and delivers the needy. Therefore, the whole heart of the psalmist gives thanks despite walking in the midst of trouble for the Lord is near and not far off. We too, when strengthened in soul by the steadfast love of the Lord, trust that purposes for us which may or may not be immediately apparent will in fact be fulfilled for the capital G God and the King above all kings hears the words of our mouth and knows the needs of our soul.