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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Preparing the Way for Redemption

"I will put emnities between thee and the woman,
and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head
and thou shall lie in wait for her heel"
(Genesis 3:15)

The sin was committed, the debt made known, and its payment promised by the One who had been sinned against.

"Behold thou dost cast me out this day from the face of the earth,
and I shall be hidden from thy face,
and I shall be a vagabond and a fugitive on the earth:
Everyone, therefore, that findeth me shall kill me."
(Genesis 4:14)

Man felt his guilt and was terrified, losing hope in God's loving promise and despairing to the ways of the trapped and hunted, choosing to live alone, hidden, and sinful.

"Woe to the sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity,
a wicked seed, ungracious children:
they have forsaken the Lord, they have blasphemed
the Holy One of Israel,
they are gone away backwards."
(Isaias 1:4)

Man drifted away on the tides of temptation, forgetting what is good and wallowing in evil.
God was untiring in His efforts to bring His people back to Himself.

"Who knoweth the power of thy anger,
and for thy fear, can remember thy wrath?
Return, oh Lord, how long?
And be entreated in favor of thy servants."
(Psalm 89:11-13)

Man, afraid, learns of the goodness of God and entreats Him not to forget His promise. He prays and beseeches God to hear him in his weakness and save him. He waits, fearfully, for the coming of the Savior.

"Behold, the day of the Lord is at hand.
Make ready the way of the Lord."
(Zephaniah 1:7; Isaias 40:3)

Finally, the day of the fulfillment of the promise arises. Man is called upon to hear God's word, prepare His way, and accept His perpetual gift.

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As we begin Lent, let us remember the history of Redemption, the goodness and justice of God, the gift we have been blessed to receive, and prepare our hearts to receive it.

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