The former things shall not be remembered
Let us pray:
you brought life out of death,
and hope from despair
when you raised our Lord from the grave.
May we always proclaim the victory of Jesus
in the world,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
- Killer blasts in Moscow Metro
- Decomposed body found at shops
- Bank boss admits he took cash
- Digger, Afghan wounded in explosion
- 3 dead, 6 injured in DC shooting
- Daylight bashing in city gardens
These were all news headlines in the last week. When we look at the world, it’s pretty much of a mess. The human race isn’t doing a great job.
- We make technological advances, but we use this knowledge to build weapons.
- We have an ever-increasing amount of information, but precious little wisdom.
- We extend our influence over the earth, and put other living things at risk.
The world is in a state. Yet in our Old Testament reading today, the prophet Isaiah writes that God says this:
For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice for ever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
‘For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.’
This doesn’t gel with the headlines, does it? Is Jerusalem a joy these days? It’s been the focus of huge difficulties lately, with Israel building new housing for Jews in the Arab district of East Jerusalem.
And all the indications are that Jerusalem will continue be a focus of deep hostilities for the foreseeable future.
Mind you, Jerusalem didn’t look too good back then either. These words about a ‘new heavens and a new earth’ were written about 500 BC. Jerusalem looked like a war zone. No wonder—that’s just what it had been just fifty or so years earlier.
The city walls had been torn down, the great temple of King Solomon was still in ruins. Yet Isaiah says, ‘I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.’
It appears that we’re still waiting for Isaiah’s words to be fulfilled. Continue reading