Faith in the raw. A United Methodist Certified Lay Servant (aka Speaker, aka Preacher) blogging the Revised Common Lectionary as a spiritual discipline, with other random thoughts thrown in.
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Monday, December 3, 2012
Prophetic #Poetry - Malachi Sets the Stage:
I, your one God, Send a messenger To come before Me, For the Lord you Have been seeking Will return to you.
My messenger Of My contract Which you love Is really coming. I tell you Truth.
Who can stand him? Tolerate his words? He'll be the smelter's Blazing blast-furnace, A laundry-woman's Cleansing soap - He'll refine and purify The religious leaders And remove the dross Leaving a precious Righteous remnant To lead and intervene.
Then the sacrifices Of My people and Of My church leaders Will once again Smell sweet to Me.
(Retelling of Malachi 3:1-4 by Tiwago)
In the fifteenth year of the rule of Caesar Tiberius—it was while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea; Herod, ruler of Galilee; his brother Philip, ruler of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias, ruler of Abilene; during the Chief-Priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—John, Zachariah’s son, out in the desert at the time, received a message from God. He went all through the country around the Jordan River preaching a baptism of life-change leading to forgiveness of sins, as described in the words of Isaiah the prophet:
Thunder in the desert! “Prepare God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! Every ditch will be filled in, Every bump smoothed out, The detours straightened out, All the ruts paved over. Everyone will be there to see The parade of God’s salvation.”