You, your, employer, your church, your mosque, your synagogue, and your government have staked out one or two positions that is guarded like Rover’s latest and biggest bone. Ignoring all the ruins of powerbrokers from antiquity, you may think a free lunch is around the corner and keep inventing clever ways to explain the elephant in the room. More often than not the image of intelligence, squeaky clean progress, and favour with God is not what if seems.
So easy to say amen without thinking
That man, supposed criminal, showing the signs of physically assault by the law, is not dying to save the Jewish nation from Roman justice. Things are not what they seem.
Returning from exile in Gentile lands
Those restored Judeans, returning from Persia, supposedly having learned to respect the Gentile world, are not showing the love of God to their neighbours. Things are not what they seem.
What happened to the forever residence?
A popular song in the Israelite songbook, #23, ends with an affirmation about dwelling in God’s house forever but the house has practically vanished. Yahweh himself promised to put his name in the house Solomon built forever.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
YAHWEH’S NAME FOREVER2 Kings 21:7
Then he set the carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the Lord said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever.