Isaiah 25:1-5 (portions – highlighting is mine)
God, you are my God.
I celebrate you. I praise you.
You’ve done your share of miracle-wonders,
……Superpowers will see it and honor you,
brutal oppressors bow in worshipful reverence.
They’ll see that you take care of the poor,
that you take care of poor people in trouble,
Provide a warm, dry place in bad weather,
provide a cool place when it’s hot.
Brutal oppressors are like a winter blizzard
and vicious foreigners like high noon in the desert.
But you, shelter from the storm and shade from the sun,
shut the mouths of the big-mouthed bullies.
A couple of things that stick out from what the Prophet Isaiah said in this section:
- God, you are MY God – He isn’t praying to some God somewhere in hopes that maybe he will get an answer. He’s talking to someone he has a deep personal relationship with.
- The dictators and evil ones, the terrorists and the drug lords (I could go on and on) are going to get what’s coming to them.
- You (God) take care of the poor people – providing them safety and shelter.
Now a couple of thoughts that I’m pondering this morning…..
Do you think that Isaiah is saying that providing lodging is all that God is saying needs to be done for those who are less fortunate than us?
No, I don’t think so either. I think Isaiah is using those as examples of providing for the daily needs of the poor. not listing the only things that the poor need us to do.
Do you think he’s going to do it through one great big miracle? “Bam!” Suddenly all of Africa is lush green farmable land and no one in Africa is ever hungry again.
Could he? Will he? Yes he can but I doubt he will however, anything is possible.
Jesus and Social Justice – I attended the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference in Chicago a few weeks back. I plan on writing more about it, so I’m not going to say much right now. But one thing that I knew but I learned again and again and again.
If you look at what Jesus was about, he was about social justice.
If you look at what he did, it was about social justice.
If you look at the people he had in his inner circle of friends, they were fishermen, an IRS auditor, an embezzler (and that was just in the inner circle.)
Isaiah, in this passage, lays down the framework for Jesus ministry here on earth. Jesus ministry here on earth is about healing the sick, feeding the hungry and saving the lost.
If you ever sang the song by Fernando Ortega, “Lord I Want to be Like Jesus in My Heart, or you wore one of those rubber wrist bracelets with WWJD on them, ask yourself a question….
Are you really ready to be like Jesus?
- – because Jesus is about caring for the “less thans.”
- Jesus is about caring about the caravan that is soon to reach the Mexico/California border.
- Jesus is about attending Kent County meetings protesting their contract with ICE to turn over under documented people. Kalamazoo did it, Grand Rapids should be able to do it too.
Being like Jesus takes a lot of work. It’s not easy. There’s a lot of time when it’s not fun. But it’s good.
Because He is our God.
And He is good.