Notice the last verse in our Genesis reading where God tells Abraham to take his son,
Isaac -- his son, Isaac, whom he loves dearly -- up onto a mountain in the land of Moriah
and there to sacrifice him. Then, at the very last moment, God provides a lamb so
Abraham won't have to sacrifice his son.
"Moriah," in the Hebrew, can be translated "the Lord will see to it," just as, when
something needs to be done today, we say, "I'll see to it."
Likewise, in verse 14, "The Lord will provide" and "it shall be provided" can also be
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.