A song of ascents. Of David.
1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
John loved to try to be poetic, to tone down the HUGE, Vast, Realities of God.
We've spoken before of John proclaiming -
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Catholic Church takes great care over visions and mystics. The reason we see the Christ child bring forth light in the Nativity scenes - visionaries say Jesus brought forth the light of the Star being born.
We have discussed this before, it's not new, but we are SO USED TO Scripture we tend to take the narrow path and drive like we are on the Super Highway.
We live so much in unity with the Scriptures we fail to see the miraculous.
Look at one of the most amazing times in the world and the unity of mankind.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
That is some amazing unity.
22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
The events continue -
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
This was an amazing time in their lives.
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Hearts continue to be revealed in this Scripture passage we know so very well.
36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Did you catch this? Did you - See What I See?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the the sea,
With a voice as big as the the sea
Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light
The Scriptures will bring joy to your very soul.
The Hope of GOD soaring to our corners and variations.
And then and then and then...
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
What good Anna is proclaiming is of God.
People will raise their hand, change their lives and sign on for Jesus.
Simon the Zealot. Jesus makes conversation with His Disciples after HE has given the Redemption of Jerusalem.
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?
Jesus replies -
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you
We have the Holy Spirit. When we seek good, we are pleasing God.
We know when Jesus gives Redemption.
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
In the Exodus, the apparent failure, was really an ongoing work even to the Kingship of David, taking back... Jerusalem.
And... Jerusalem is a word for... Peace.
God never did ask us to walk around like Jesus bringing Light into the World. We have to know, again, life is arranged to give us trials to overcome. To grow up - to ascend to His Kingdom and go Home. We have to see even the Scriptures of God's perfection require reaching out with Faith.
Peace is a quality unseen. We have to believe God is Good and His plans give us a hope and a future.
Anna spoke the Truth. We have to attain the inner workings of knowing relationship with God, who loves us best. And we shall live as the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Jesus says this is so.
We are all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. Father God, we ask you to bless the work of our hands, and bring us 'Give Us This Day' again knowing You are the Light our Life comes from. And we pray for Your Love to shine on the ones we love. We pray for the peace of those around us in this Nation and for the Peace of Your Jerusalem. In the name of Jesus Christ the Lord, we know Your Word will be fulfilled. AMEN and AMEN let it be well with my soul!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †