This remarkable passage is nestled in the midst of a long litany of detailed legislative instructions about how the chosen people of God are to live. It is a strong attack against the prevailing polytheism of the day. As continues to be the case to this day where it survives and thrives, polytheism calls for appeasement of a panoply of gods and other powers which are thought to have control over various aspects of one's life. There are endless forms of magic and superstition. Any contact with her neighbor would mean a temptation for Israel to embrace these practices.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.