Scriptures for today
- Isaiah 42:1-9
- Psalm 36:5-11
- Hebrews 9:11-15
- John 12:1-11
Isaiah is one of the towering prophets of the Old Testament. The entire book that is attributed to Isaiah is filled with references to justice. He says, “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him and he will bring forth justice to the nations.”
Many Christians have interpreted (wrongly) that Isaiah is speaking about Jesus in this passage. Isaiah is, in fact, speaking about one of the kings of ancient Israel, hoping that this king, unlike so many others, will stand for justice and advocate for the poor and marginalized.
The Ancient World was not much different than our own, except that today we drive cars instead of camels. But the struggles we know as a modern people were experienced by the ancients as well. Lust for power, greed, oppression and cruelty were well known in ancient times. And so Isaiah, at great personal risk, speaks out against the injustices that he saw all around him. Beggars, the sick and blind, the indentured slaves and peasants.
Isaiah was striking at the very heart of the economic order of his day, an economic order that allowed a few to enjoy incredible wealth while the many struggled to survive. Sound familiar? And, beyond that, Isaiah could see that so many of the wars that raged in that part of the world were caused by this unjust economic order that marginalized so many.
Isaiah would, I think, appreciate the words of Muhammad Ali:
If you love God, you can’t separate out and love only some of God’s children. Anyone who believes in One God should also believe that all people are part of one family. People are people. God created us all. And all people have to work together to bring justice to this world. ♥
by Linda Hunter