O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Lord, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm

In addition to giving us Wisdom and the Law YHWH adopts for himself a covenant people. In his choosing of Israel as the great nation, the Lord of heaven and earth declared one simple fact: He is unequivocally on the side of the oppressed.

When push literally comes to shove, the strong hand of Pharaoh is useless against plagues and famine. When it seems as though Babylon will contain the Hebrew people for good, thier Lord raises up a foreign king to free them. Just as it seems that the corruption of Rome has rotted holiness to its core, a little baby shows up in a manger.

The promise of Christ is not one that promises meek and mild….but strong and transformative power that will fundamentally change the way we live, and move and have our being.

Lord Jesus come soon! Come and be born in our hearts! +