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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 28, 2014

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FRIDAY, November 28

Zechariah 14:1 See, a day is coming for the Lord, when the plunder taken from you will be divided in your midst.

This passage from the prophet Zechariah is fascinating. This apocalyptic future seems harsh, almost cruel. Jerusalem would be a shell of its former self, looted, population halved, and invaded. This coming day of the Lord sounds terrifying and frightening.

And yet this vision of the future ends with, “Jerusalem shall abide in security.” How is that? How could it be? Here, we see the transformation that occurs when a community discovers that it’s not the comforts of their circumstances that make them a people, but something deeper and more abiding. God’s reign is inaugurated, not because Jerusalem, God’s holy city, is perfect, but out of its brokenness. It’s as though a great purging and refining is wrought on the city as a whole.

Naturally, there’s a lot going on in this prophetic text, but it’s a good reminder that our material possessions need not define us. This seems like good news in a day that’s become associated with relentless material acquisition. In the end, what matters is that we are God’s people and that God is God.

Pray for the Diocese of Khartoum (Sudan)

Today the Church remembers Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885.

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Zechariah 14:1-11; Romans 15:7-13; Luke 19:28-40

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