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Safe Houses, Quiet Gardens 090712


The One–Straw Revolution (English re-presentat...
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Safe Houses, Quiet Gardens 090712

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Psalm 146 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20146&version=MSG

Isaiah 32:1-8 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2032:1-8&version=MSG

Romans 2:12-16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%202:12-16&version=MSG

Safe Houses, Quiet Gardens 090712

More than once in the past few weeks, the biblical paraphrase into more modern language by Eugene H. Peterson has provided the title for the daily blog. Today’s selection from Isaiah is subtitled ‘Safe Houses, Quiet Gardens’.

In the Old Testament, and in its traditions, which were continued by Jesus (and also by Muhammed in The Koran, I think), the idea of a god who calls for safety and justice comes to all of humanity. Isaiah is really my favorite ‘New Testament’ author because it really begins explicitly to describe what Jesus called the people of Israel to return to in their faith.

By coincidence, early this morning I was reminded of a quote from Masanobu Fukuoka (The One-Straw Revolution’s author) who observed that there was enough land in Japan for every family to farm 1.25 acres, and to grow enough to feed themselves. Isaiah’s call for safe houses and quiet gardens means something else in this context—it is also a call for safe and secure homes, and a safe and secure food supply for families, worldwide.

Of all the things that Jesus asks for us, and leads us to—this seems like a key issue—to provide the poor and oppressed with safety and food.

Pray for peace,



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Psalm 146

Isaiah 32:1-8

Romans 2:12-16

Psalm 146

The Message (MSG)

146 1-2 Hallelujah!
O my soul, praise God!
All my life long I’ll praise God,
singing songs to my God as long as I live.

3-9 Don’t put your life in the hands of experts
who know nothing of life, of salvation life.
Mere humans don’t have what it takes;
when they die, their projects die with them.
Instead, get help from the God of Jacob,
put your hope in God and know real blessing!
God made sky and soil,
sea and all the fish in it.
He always does what he says—
he defends the wronged,
he feeds the hungry.
God frees prisoners—
he gives sight to the blind,
he lifts up the fallen.
God loves good people, protects strangers,
takes the side of orphans and widows,
but makes short work of the wicked.

10 God’s in charge—always.
Zion’s God is God for good!

Isaiah 32:1-8

The Message (MSG)

Safe Houses, Quiet Gardens

32 1-8 But look! A king will rule in the right way,
and his leaders will carry out justice.
Each one will stand as a shelter from high winds,
provide safe cover in stormy weather.
Each will be cool running water in parched land,
a huge granite outcrop giving shade in the desert.
Anyone who looks will see,
anyone who listens will hear.
The impulsive will make sound decisions,
the tongue-tied will speak with eloquence.
No more will fools become celebrities,
nor crooks be rewarded with fame.
For fools are fools and that’s that,
thinking up new ways to do mischief.
They leave a wake of wrecked lives
and lies about God,
Turning their backs on the homeless hungry,
ignoring those dying of thirst in the streets.
And the crooks? Underhanded sneaks they are,
inventive in sin and scandal,
Exploiting the poor with scams and lies,
unmoved by the victimized poor.
But those who are noble make noble plans,
and stand for what is noble.

Romans 2:12-16

The Message (MSG)

12-13 If you sin without knowing what you’re doing, God takes that into account. But if you sin knowing full well what you’re doing, that’s a different story entirely. Merely hearing God’s law is a waste of your time if you don’t do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God.

14-16 When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong. Their response to God’s yes and no will become public knowledge on the day God makes his final decision about every man and woman. The Message from God that I proclaim through Jesus Christ takes into account all these differences.

The Message (MSG)

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