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News Without Borders


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The ongoing debt crisis that has become such a defining moment for Greece and the nations of the Eurozone might be a parable for the world. What do you do with a debt that cannot be paid?

Many believe that to cut Greece from the Union would amount to the imposition of a national foreclosure that no one can afford. Not Greece. Not the European Union. Not the nations of the world.

Am wondering if there is also an echo in these events of the prophet Isaiah speaking to Israel in exile. The Lord of lords had made the people of Jacob an example and international showcase of his love, and his judgment. Now, says Isaiah as he looks into the future, Israel’s hard work will be over. She will have paid double for her sins, and what will remain will be a promise of something far greater than she or anyone could ever imagine (am assuming here that the prophet is speaking in a “prophetic past tense” as he does in chapter 53).

The vision was one for the future— for Israel, and for the nations of the world—and us

In mysterious prophetic language that we now understand (in part) better than the people of Isaiah’s day— the prophet declares that God is coming to Jerusalem to buy back his people and to show that there is a great mercy in his judgment.

In this vision, we hear the voice of one crying in the wilderness to prepare the way for the God who would make himself a sacrifice for our sins. What we don’t yet see is how the promise is yet to play out in full for Jerusalem and the nations.

What does seem unavoidable is that in choosing Israel, God is choosing one for all. One nation to reveal himself. One nation to be blessed and to suffer—even double for its sin. One nation to represent all nations in our need of the God who alone has answers for our insurmountable and all encompassing debt. One nation to give us the Son whose death and resurrection is our only comfort and hope.

Am writing while thinking about today’s news, Isaiah 40:1-31, and then the amazing lingering promise of Isaiah 60-66.

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110 Responses to “News Without Borders”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    It is quite frustrating for me as the Mayor of my little town to finance the needs of our community with the very little money we have available to us.

    Unlike the State and Federal Government we as a municipality are not permitted by law to borrow money.

    Yet the State and Federal Government do it and in so doing create the problem of not having the resources to pay it back while continuing to provide the services they couldn’t afford without borrowing for in the first place.

    It is well recorded that in these last days there will be a financial collapse unlike any other in history…pray we are taken out before it comes.

    We had a huge disagreement years ago with our pastor about to whom Jesus paid the debt of Adam’s sin and the sins of mankind.

    Clearly in the Law of Moses God required a blood sacrifice for sins as well as providing a scape goat for the guilty.

    In Jesus God provided both to satisfy the “debt” owed God for His holy justice to remain intact.

    Interesting that in the Law of Moses financial debts were forgiven every seven years (I think seven) so as to restore the land to its proper owners.

    We hear a lot of talk about God’s economy in the evangelical circles, but little is talked about just forgiving the debt and starting over.

    While thinking about it I am reminded that Russia never repaid their financial debt to America for money given to fight Germany, though England did.

    Also while thinking about it God’s use and purpose of Israel is not over yet. The Book of Revelation has a lot to say concerning Israel and her 12 tribes.

    I want also to say that I have no way of making atonement for my sins as given in the Mosaic Law. I am though “given”, not loaned, atonement through Jesus of Nazareth’s Passion and death. Jesus paid the debt to the Father for me because I had no way of ever paying it.

    It is a gift. A gift is not a loan nor is there any debt attached to it other than gratitude.


  • joycemb says:

    Good morning Steve, yes gratitude is the best, as it does remind us over and over again that no matter how things appear in the physical realm there is so much more and far better things going on in the Spiritual realm if we keep our eyes focused on that. To God be the glory!