Mar. 9th, 2017

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9th Day of Lent- Isaiah 55:1-2

1 "Ho, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
 without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food." Isaiah 55:1-2

Martin Luther used the Latin term "Incurvatus in se" to describe sin.  It means to curve inward upon oneself.  Here's what he says in his commentary on Romans.  " Our nature, by the corruption of the first sin, [being] so deeply curved in on itself that it not only bends the best gifts of God towards itself and enjoys them,... but it also fails to realize that it so wickedly, curvedly, and viciously seeks all things, even God, for its own sake."  The Isaiah passage above refers to this selfishness in verse 2, "Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?"  We have so many more wants than needs, and many of us have rooms full of wants that never really satisfied.  So, the Christian faith, by God's grace, calls us to fight against curving inward, to curving outward to the neighbor in need.  It is to recognize that God is the giver of all and that all people are invited to "come to the waters" and "buy wine and milk without price."  The reality is that in our world, food and other basic essentials are not distributed evenly.  Much of that has to do with human sin, the tendency to curve in on ourselves. But we don't have to be that way.  We can act differently, and many do.  We can curve out, share the blessings we have been given, and give others the opportunity to "eat what is good." 
Pastor Jeff Beebe, Forty Days of Giving: Devotions for World Hunger

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