Posted on Mon, Apr 18, 2011
April 18, 2011 Bill Levering
35th Day of Lent Isaiah 50:1-10
This part of Isaiah addresses a faith community in exile when it was not so easy to have faith. In the 1950s it was easy to be a part of a church. Everybody was doing it. Churches around the country were packed. Sermons were printed in the New York Times. People wanted to know what the church thought about the issues of the day. It was called in to mediate disputes in the culture. This is certainly not the case today. We are much more in exile, so it takes a bit more courage to be religious these days. In this context, we will need to trust in God in a new way. Newscasts will not be encouraging us. There will be few editorials extolling the virtues of religion. But this passages reassures us that our God helps and vindicates us, opens our ears, gives us the "tongue of a teacher" to cope with times when we may feel alone. Whatever comfort or woe you have been exiled from, however hostile your environment, know that God stands with you and will welcome you to the promised land of grace.
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