It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Whose job is it to feed strangers?, a Reflection on Isaiah 55:1-5

Isaiah is writing to exiles in Babylon describing for them what their new life in an old place will be. Water for the thirsty. Food for the hungry. God promises to make with them an everlasting covenant. And because God has done so much for them, they are to reach out to strangers, to foreign strangers....

Whose job is it to feed all the strangers? The disciples in Matthew didn't get it right away that it was their job. It was late. They were tired. They hadn't planned to feed them. They hadn't set aside enough resources. All very sensible reasons. But they didn't convince Jesus. He made it explicit on whose job it is to feed strangers, "You give them something to eat."
Through Isaiah, the Lord said, "Incline your ear, and come to me; listen so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant." We in the modern church need to think about what the Lord intends for us to do. What is the job of the church? Who is supposed to feed those strangers? 

Read Dan Dick's essay comparing Christian fruit with  Christian Fruit Loops.

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