Advent#2: No More Injustice

The reading for the second Sunday in Advent is Isaiah 11:1-10, as the prophet envisions a time when injustice is no more.

The hallmark of arrogance is injustice–the spirit of partisanship that creates a vested in-group which speaks and acts to the exclusion of others.  Such injustice grants an artificial permission for the “empowered” to legitimize their prejudicial behavior.

To use Isaiah’s imagery, in the fallen world wolves devour lambs, leopards kill young goats, and lions eat calves.  But in God’s world “the wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; the calf and the young lion will feed together” (7:6).

This is today referred to as “the peaceable kingdom.”  It is where hesed and agapé prevail–where discrimination, prejudice, and hatred are eliminated so that Shalom can prevail.  The vision is pervasive, “They won’t harm or destroy anywhere” (7:9).

Advent overcomes injustice.  Those who create and thrive on hierarchical, in/out thinking and acting will be displaced by the “little child who leads them”  (7:6) and everyone to the place of liberty and justice for all (cf. Luke 4:18-19).

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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