“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1)
I am pleased that after checking, I am on course for commenting on the correct topic for the correct scripture passage. Lately I have been getting lost in the days and weeks. But, I am also a little deflated that it is Holy Week that it is time to comment on. The sole reason is that I am still recovering from a cold, and do not feel up to “vigorous” commenting, and commenting for seven days in a row. It is good for me, I know, to turn to scripture and my focus shifted off of me and on to something else. I am afraid though I will give the task “short shrift” and not put forth a full effort. Other years I would intertwine and comment on several passages each day. Today I think I will be doing well if I can do one.
“He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.” (Verses 2 – 3)
I have picked the Old Testament passage. The theme is one of Jesus not shirking the outcome of his ministry on earth. Sort of apropos considering my being tempted to but not shirking the task of commenting each day – even if I focus on just one passage. My other choices were Psalms 36:5-11, Hebrews 9:11-15, and John 12:1-11. The Psalm passage is the one where the opening verse is “Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. “ The verse (and others in the passage) are used as song lyrics and when I hear/read the verse I hear the song in my head. Singing is not easy for me right now, so I set that one aside. The Hebrew passage is where Paul refers to Jesus as a high priest (a theme he devotes some time to) but it is early in the week to consider that motif. And the passage from John tells about Mary, sister to Lazarus, anointing Jesus. Some gospels “assign” this task to another woman, not Mary. It too brings to the beginning of the week considerations that are played out at the end of the week.All in all, I think this is a good passage to settle on.
“He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.” (Verse 4)
At the beginning of the week Jesus does not seem like he will ever “grow faint or be crushed.” The temple authorities are fit to be tied, and looking for a way to tie up Jesus and dispose of him. But at this point it does not seem possible that will happen. Jesus power and its source are getting to be pretty unquestionable.
“Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” (Verses 5 – 7)
Yes, Monday of Holy Week Jesus is still carrying forth the mission and message given to him without any problems or complications.
“I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” (Verses 8 – 9)
Yes, beloved reader, I know – I am turning a blind eye to the problems that have been roiling below the surface. Mary’s anointing of Jesus sets Judas’ teeth on edge and he is going to the temple authorities/chief priests. Paul talks about the shedding of the “high priests” blood; and the psalms passage is an ode to the Divine who is in heaven, while Jesus is still on earth. Yes, it is early in the week but things are starting to happen. Hold on – events are starting to unfold! Shalom!
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