“Like Then, Like Now”
Hosea 10: 1, 2a: “Israel is a luxuriant vine; he produces fruit for himself. The more his fruit, the more altars he made; the richer his land, the better he made the sacred pillars. Their heart is faithless; now they must bear their guilt.” Hosea may as well be speaking in 2020, rather than in the seventh century B.C. Like the Israelites of that time, we focus so much on self, at the expense of others! How else can you explain the recent phenomena of ‘plant-napping’? This robbing someone of something that brings them joy and claiming it for one’s self is a petty yet illuminating symptom of society’s greatest ill today: the complete fascination with self, while disregarding the needs of anyone else.
Saturday, October 3: “For Good Measure”
Luke 6: 38: “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” You can make this verse all about money if you want, but its context is way deeper. If you want mercy, be merciful; if you want freedom from judgment and condemnation, don’t judge or condemn; if you want pardon for yourself, pardon others. And, if you want empathy from others, take the time to show them some empathy when it’s needed. This passage is the Gospel of the Kingdom in a nutshell, and the world will be a better place when people start living it.