Devotions for Advent: Week 1, Friday Arab Spring, Occupy Movement, and Real Change

Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest? In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. For the ruthless shall come to nothing and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off, who by a word make a man out to be an offender, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right. Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, no more shall his face grow pale. For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. And those who go astray in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmur will accept instruction.”
Isaiah 29:17-24

 

And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.
Matthew 9:27-31

The Lord is the great reverser of fortunes. When the Lord comes things are turned upside down. Rather, they are turned right-side up. The deaf hear. The blind see. The meek rejoice. The poor boast. The ruthless, the scoffer, the persecutor, are all put to shame.

We are in a season of unrest. The Arab Spring has come and gone. Ruthless dictators have been deposed. In their place ruthless ideologues have taken power. The Occupy Movement has…moved? Reasoning that the best way to fight inefficiency in capitalism is to sit and do nothing for weeks on end. Reasoning that the greed of bankers should be overthrown and replaced with the bumbling of bureaucrats. Man seldom gets anything right and his attempts at repair usually serve to exacerbate the problem.

Jesus does all things well. When Jesus comes men stand in awe of the God of Israel. When Jesus comes men can only spread his fame.

 No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

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