What a wonderful phrase! "He will swallow up death forever!" If true, it means that the Grim Reaper is not the top of the food chain. You know what I mean by food chain, don't you? You know, how plants are what mule deer feed on. In turn the mule deer become food for the mountain lion. And you might say the mountain lion is the top of the food chain, unless you observed that even the mighty lion becomes food for the maggots. And so, it appears that death is the top of the food chain. But, according to the Word of the Lord spoken by Isaiah, Life, and the one who is the Life, will swallow up death forever! Life is at the top. And that provides us with our greatest hope!...
Latest NewsletterThe Old Testament: Five Principal Parts
After a three week break, I return to the series I have been addressing you concerning being well formed by God’s Word. If you recall, we last discussed the final Book of the Torah (also known as the Pentateuch), that being of course, the Book of Deuteronomy.
People may mean well when they say that religion has no place in politics. They will sometimes cite what they think is written in the Constitution mandating a “separation of church and state.” But there is no such mandate or wording to that effect. The actual words found in the First Amendment to the Constitution are, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Following from last week in which I mentioned that the burden of proof surely lies with those who permit medically induced, elective abortions that this procedure is not a taking of an innocent human being. For Judaism and Christianity, we understand this to fall under the Fifth Commandment, “You shall not murder.” And Luther’s explanation is spot on! “We are to fear and love God so that we do not harm our neighbor in any way, but help him in all his physical needs.”
This week I intend to take a break from our series on being well formed by the Bible. We will return to it soon.
The foundational Books of the Old Testament known as the Pentateuch culminate in the Book of Deuteronomy. It is a fitting finish to the five. Even the title “Deuteronomy” indicates this. Deuteronomy literally means “second law”. And indeed in this Book Moses repeats the story of what has happened to the people thus far as they are at the doorstep of finally entering the Promised Land. He repeats the whole law, and then renews the understanding of what it means to belong to God as the congregation of Israel.