Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Isaiah 66:1 Thus says the LORD: "Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool; what is the house that you would build for Me, and what is the place of My rest?
So what we are trying to build in these days? Our kingdoms and our empire - no, surely not. We are building the kingdom of God. But what can we possibly build that would accomodate God?
In ancient times, the pagans would have a little room at the top of their ziggurats, known as the god-house, where their gods would dwell. Only the priests were allowed to climb up the ziggurat and go into the house. Only they knew that the house was always empty!
Walter Brueggemann says that during the days of the first temple, after Solomon, the king and the priests of Israel shut down access to God for the people, confining Him to the god-box of the Holy of Holies. You could only have access to God - to seek His blessing - if the king allowed it and the priests (under the king's authority) approved.
It is into this kind of context that Isaiah speaks. How much do we put God in a box, only allowing Him to do what we think is appropriate and not letting Him interfere with our lives?