The awe and wonder of God's compassion for a broken and lost world widens our focus for this week of Advent.
Metaphor matters when we are trying to sketch the relationship of heaven and earth.
If I am deeply honest some of the Hebrew prophets, besides Isaiah and Hosea, get deeply confused in my mind. Some are more sour than others, most have a depth of intention that can seem lost in the sands of time. So a refresher on good ol Zeph.
Several of the readings push at an experience of the creation that isn't as broken and torn as it is now. There will be rejoicing and no more will there be sinful bloodshed. Hope isn't a word in the texts this Sunday, but it is all over (some of) the readings.
Lastly we have one of the most important concepts in this season. I would want to complexify some of the messiah concepts especially in Jewish writings that are closer in time to Jesus birth. Exactly what people were thinking when they asked Jesus if he was the Messiah are much more complex than what can be covered in this short video. Maybe they will make an advanced messiah studies video!
As always the three questions:
- What leaped out at you?
- What do you want to know more about?
- How does God speak to your life in these summaries?