This is what God gave me today in his word today:
For the waters of Dibon are full of blood; for I will bring upon Dibon even more, a lion for those of Moab who escape, for the remnant of the land. (Isa 15:9)
Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, from Sela, by way of the desert, to the mount of the daughter of Zion. Like fleeing birds, like a scattered nest, so are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon. “Give counsel; grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon; shelter the outcasts; do not reveal the fugitive; (Isa 16:1-3)
What did this mean to the Israelites? They hate the Moabites, but God is now telling them to get over it and accept them and even hide them?! What was God thinking? Well, I’d say he was thinking he wanted to save the Moabites… But what does that mean to us? I’d say it means we should always be willing to accept people… Let me clarify that; Jesus tells us that the sick need a doctor, but the well don’t. We should be willing to accept the spiritually sick into our churches and we should be willing to accept the way they are… “Come as you are just don’t stay that way”.
Apart from that though…
Interesting cycle wouldn’t you agree; Blood > Lamb > Desert Travel > Justice
We were bloody wretches, simple as that. But than Jesus came, died and rose again (thankfully). And now we get justice… Before we had Christ, justice would mean eternal condemnation, now that we have Christ living in us, it means eternal life with God.
We can try as hard as we can, we can try to be perfect, but frankly, we can’t do it. And that’s why Jesus finds us as bloody wretches; it’s because we can try to try as long and us hard as the Devil will allow, but we can’t break free of his grip for more than a little at a time… It’s called being in habitual sin. But than Jesus found us, died and rose again for us, and now intercedes for us every day. Hence the justice we get, isn’t the justice we deserve… It’s not even technically “justice”, what it is, is mercy.