December 2, 2013 — judge

Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it

Read Micah 4:1-5

He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.

More thoughts for meditation

Yesterday’s scripture from Isaiah 2 included the same vision of the future. Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah and probably started his work later. Maybe Micah “covered” Isaiah. Today Limp Bizkit plays a concert in Minsk, Belarus. They got their start by covering George Michel’s “Faith.” Both Isaiah and Micah look forward to a time when bogus faith is judged, violence is not incited and people train for good.

Another thing that is happening today is this: the marketers are trying to get us to name the Monday after Thanksgiving “Cyber Monday.” We were supposed to beat the crowds to the stores after Thanksgiving dinner last week. Millions of us already have the habit of celebrating “Black Friday.” Now they want us to get online and buy things during our winter shopping season on “Cyber Monday.” It is a big day all over the world: Limp Bizkit and Cyber Monday.

What would Micah say? What does he long for? What does he long for the world to long for?

Suggestions for action

Pray:  Judge between me and the people, Lord.

The ultimate goal of the Messiah is to reconcile people to God and one another. Along the way, the prophets note with great clarity what makes us unreconciled. For instance, we might use swords and call it plowing; we are that ill. We might make ill-conceived music designed to appeal to people’s worst instincts. We might incite others to celebrate excess and vacuity.

Spend a minute opening up to judgment. It’s OK. You don’t need to defend yourself from God, the Messiah is coming to you, personally, with your eternity in mind. How do you need to be reconciled to God and others? What might you be doing that leads people away from God?

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