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from my lectio journal today (and the scripture was Isaiah 60:18-19):

Violence will not be heard again in your land,
Nor devastation or destruction within your borders;
But you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise.

No longer will you have the sun for light by day,
Nor for brightness will the moon give you light;
But you will have the Lord for an everlasting light,
And your God for your glory.

I imagine that if I happened to be a Jewish person (by heritage and faith) living in Israel today and reading these verses, it would cause me great distress, doubt and dissonance.

“What do you mean no violence? No devastation? No destruction? When will this be? When will Messiah save us?”

I think I would give up hope.

But I know Jesus and believe Him to be the prophecy-fulfilling Messiah. The One whom John knew and testified about… this same John who wrote the letters dictated to him and fantastic images seen by him in the Book of Revelation… Revelation whose end echoes verse 19.

And I am in the already-not yet and I can trust Jesus even here.

… or especially here.

So I do not give up hope.

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