The Israelites were familiar with building. When God talks to Amos about plumb lines, they can relate. Plumb lines have been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians to help builders ensure that their buildings are upright. After having spent generations as slaves in Egypt, Israelites were no doubt very familiar with tools like the plumb line. But building for the Egyptians was not all the building that the Israelites had done. After their escape from Egypt, Moses' people built the nation of Israel for themselves, and in Israel built the temple at Jerusalem.
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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.