I love Carly’s reminder from last time to journal along with reading. It’s our secret to success!
I’m also going to just leave this timely verse here, in light of current events:
“Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.” (10:1-2)
There is so much to discuss in these chapters.
First, let’s talk about the promise of Christ, who will grow up in “Galilee of the Gentiles”.
“The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.” (9:2)
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (9:6)
It’s hard not to just copy-paste all of 9:1-7 for emphasis. He will break the yoke of burden! (4) There will be no end to His government of peace! (7) Oh glorious!!! Can you imagine a government of peace? That is eternal?!?!
Welcome to the Kingdom of God! Welcome to the Kingdom inaugurated in Christ! This Kingdom is NOW and will be fully realized at His return!
How is it now? It lives in us, His people, the citizens of the Kingdom, who demonstrate His love through grace, mercy, patience, unconditional love, hospitality, generosity, joy in the midst of affliction, kindness.
There has recently been released a documentary about Mister Rogers Neighborhood and I’m dying to see it. The trailer alone makes me weepy. This was a man, who didn’t go around preaching, but quietly, beautifully, demonstrated the love of Christ to people. And this documentary is touching peoples hearts like crazy. Because it is the true gospel of the kingdom which is great news for everyone.
We are all tools in the hands of God, as 10:15 implies. It is not by our own might or power, but by the Spirit of God.
We have the example of Christ (and the example of people like Mister Rogers), so let us press on to be the kingdom of Go for others. This government of Peace, led by the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.