Third Monday of Lent

Job 28:12–28, Luke 1:24–45, Hebrews 10:4–10

It is often the case that humanity has to confront reality. Humanity is quite . When confronted by its own folly, humanity tries to hide it in so many ways. While searching for knowledge and wisdom, it analyzes and categorizes. Humanity can only be so knowledgeable and so wise. True knowledge and wisdom come from the one who created everything, including us. Part of the issue may be that we expect to be predictable. Somehow, we seem to think that we are capable of understanding . Perhaps that is the legacy of the decision made in the Garden of Eden. Faith is often not understanding, but accepting anyway.

Elizabeth and Mary were in that ex uation. They didn’t completely understand, but they trusted anyway. It probably seems strange that in the midst of to talk about the Announcement of ’ birth, but timing is pretty close (though not ex). While on the journey to the cross, we include the beginning. There is indeed an echo of a beginning in the end. is the journey to the cross, which is basiy the end of ’ ministry on earth. On the other hand, the cross along with the Resurrection is the beginning of a completely new chapter in regards to a with . Why not talk about the announcement of the coming Messiah. Oh, right, d (a) in a way that humanity couldn’t just categorize and analyze. The announcement of , along with his birth was not “how it was supposed to be”. broke the rules, a. The rules? Human understanding and wisdom that is far short of .

The author Hebrews recognizes that humanity often doesn’t get it. The author reflects on the sacrificial system that is so superficial that it ignores the whole point: with . The sacrificial system was never intended to be a “check this as done” system, but an orientation to that was really to recognize the distance that man had put between itself and . In its quest to categorize and analyze, humanity destroyed the wisdom that had presented.

1) When was the first time that you recognized that did not respond the way you expected or were taught to expect?

2) Why is it important to remember that our wisdom is not ’s wisdom?

3) What does the announcement of ’ coming and the journey to the cross teach you about ’s wisdom

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.