I wanted to let everyone know that in the next few weeks I’ll be moving. I’ll try to keep up with my weekly postings, but am not sure if I’ll be able to.
As we come to the end of the church year we are struck once again about how even though Israel was chosen by God, they were also held to a higher standard. The Israelites couldn’t do anything they wanted and then go running back to God for forgiveness. Like a parent with a child (hopefully a wise parent) or a phenomenal teacher to his or her students they can only go so far before being chastised or disciplined. It took Israel a long time to come to that understanding. I only hope we don’t take as long before we finally get it.
Psalm 46 (NRSV)
God’s Defense of His City and People
To the leader. Of the Korahites. According to Alamoth. A Song.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[a] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city;[b] it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.[c]Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.[d]Selah
As we look at Paul’s letter to the Colossians we see the complete cycle of all things. Like I mentioned above, we have reached the end of the church year, and Advent begins shortly thereafter, the day we begin to look forward to Christ’s coming into the world. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. He is, and he will always be the firstborn and the first who was raised from the dead, though you could make a case for someone like Lazarus. The thing with Lazarus though was that he had to die again.
It being the end of the church year we come to the Crucifixion once again. It’s fitting because we see the end of Christ’s ministry on earth and the beginning of our ministry. It’s the perfect way to wrap up the church year and wait for the beginning of new new year next Sunday.