We, living in the 21st century may say it is in the “bank”, in the generals and mighty men, even in the wise spokespersons of our times. The great is not the entity calling the shots but the one who Carries pir the orders. That’s right. The servant. The migrant and casual worker, the devoted parents holding down two or three jobs have more standing in the congregation of the righteous
The great and the greatestLuke 22:27
For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
Logic, political and religious theories do not accept the notion in the questions of Luke 22:47 and the proposition in the affirmation of the Son of Man’s position in the disciples’ company.
It sure looks illogical to have the greater – the meizôn – doing servant work. The Greatest is incarnate not merely as master of all but also as true servant and enabler.
We were great when we were helping the poor and needy
We turned viciously the First Nations and locked ’em up. We closed our harbours to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. We neglected to give the emancipated slave his land and tractor. That is more animalistic than noble. We are now defending the fox’s rampage in the henhouse.
If Isaiah had a year to serve as prophet his service would have bookends as follows.
Isaiah’s observation – Day OneIsaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them.
The great and mighty have been falling with little sign that they can “get up”. “We have fallen” is a great place to start addressing the certainty of the fall from brisk business to empty cash registers.
Whether or not you think the United States is to be identified with the mega harlot the changes and the claim are similar.
Revelation of John 18:11 – business dries up
“And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more–
Revelation of John 18:7 – the navelgazing queen
To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow, and will never see mourning.’