Advent 2016 – 2: The Lord binds up bruises 

“…How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you…The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.” Isaiah 30:19-26

This is a difficult passage.  On the one hand it paints a picture of hope for God’s response to our need, but on the other it suggests that some of the things we suffer are a punishment.  Without getting into an in depth study of the nature of the text, for me what stands out is that God is gracious.  Whatever the reason for our difficulties, God is waiting to respond to our call for help.  And what a response! Not just a response that repairs the damage, but a response that goes beyond anything we can imagine.  A response that causes the light to be brighter than we have ever experienced before.  

Light is a consistent theme during advent.  The people walking in darkness have seen a great light: Jesus is the light of the world.  And so perhaps these verses in Isaiah point to the coming Jesus, the light that shines on the world and makes everything, even the sun and the moon, glow brighter to drive out the darkness.

I wonder what bruises we carry that might need binding up by the one who responds with overwhelming grace and shines light in our lives?


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