Into the Center of the Future

Monday, January 13
Isaiah 7

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If you yield to the Lord, God will do more with you than what you embrace with your conscious mind alone. When Isaiah made this famous prophecy about the virgin to Ahaz, king of Judah, he wanted to assure the king, frightened about the power of enemies all about, that a little child to come would be the source of victory. However Isaiah’s prophecy reaches deep into the very center of the future; it is the Messiah of whom he speaks. Though the rest of the chapter speaks of devastation, Ahaz, you and I need to remember the name given to the child of promise to come: Immanuel: “God-with-us.” The child of the Virgin Mary is the spark igniting the new fire of God’s powerful intercession against every enemy in all history. Jesus has come. Trust in his power, even though for you, as for Ahaz, times of loss and trial may be coming against you.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Standing firm in faithfulness v. 9
The woman being with child v. 14
“God with us”— Emmanuel v. 14
Choose good, refusing evil. v. 15

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This is the Second Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the prophet Isaiah.

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Shock Treatment

Monday, August 5, 2013
Micah 1—2

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Waves of judgment and compassion clash against each other throughout Micah’s prophecy. His poetry and personal gestures are as shock treatments. He walks through the streets naked to awaken people from the evil of idolatry. The English translation misses the impact of Micah’s word-plays on the names of cities. For example, Achzib means “Town of Deceit.”

The ultimate intent of God is that there be repentance and not punishment for the evils against the First Commandment. There is the promise intimated here and prophesied later more fully, of a Shepherd King that will come to redeem. With this image, God dismisses the charges against the people and instead, comes to their aid.

Is there anything that you are doing that you need to be shocked into undoing?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The world in awe before You 1:4
Lamenting the sins of earth 1:8
Comforting the alien 2:9
Gathered as sheep in a fold 2:12

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