The birds. There’s a creepy Alfred Hitchcock movie where the birds inexplicably take over an island.
Here is a vision vast and bleak.
It seems to lead on from the justice of the last chapter, the comforting thought that the Assyrian and Babylonian kingdoms will not last forever, will get their comeuppance.
While mentioning the neighbour Edom by name, this tells of judgement against the whole world.
It is for sin. We have a metaphor of God’s sword that generally requires sacrifice.
It is absolute, destruction is total and there are only birds left to divide the land amongst.
Sufjan Stevens likes to sing “we’re all going to die” perhaps there will be an end time tribulation, Armageddon. I hope not in my time.
But the curse of death is over us.
I’m more engaged with my church than I ever have been, so many opportunities for telling people the good news, but I am so shy of it.
God’s urgency/infinite time is doing my head in. This judgement passage is all crisis. But God will still take hundreds of years before Christ, so the crisis is not always temporal. The rich fool does not know the day or hour his life will be required of him.
Pray for wisdom. I have a sense that I am doing what i should be. Pray for my kids!