Can We Give God Glory?

Tuesday, 06 Nov 2007

Once we receive the Gift of all gifts--Jesus Christ--we find our neighbors a delightful treasure. No longer is the neighbor seen as an opportunity for us to score points, but as the object of our love. It is the gospel that motivates this love.
The Jewish historian Josephus recounts the sight of Herod's temple before its destruction. As the sun rose, its gilded surface became so brilliant that pilgrims could see it from miles away as they approached the city. Isaiah 60 envisions a still more remarkable scene. The context is the Babylonian exile. Here Zion is lying in sackcloth and ashes, mourning her exile, longing for redemption and restoration. The Spirit of Glory having evacuated the sanc-tuary, Solomon's great temple itself lies in ruins, claimed (like Eden) by weeds and thorns. In chapter 59, the people had pre-sumed to put God on ...

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