O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Psalms 43:3 NRSV
This is a cry that has inspired me for many years, answered in the voice within. The story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19 reveals the many manifestations of God and their bewildering interactions which speak, Trinity to the Christian tradition. God outdoes the storm and fire gods, locating the LORD in silence,
and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
1 Kings 19:12 NRSV
The Holy Hill is the gathering place of the divine court presided over by the God of Hosts, the Most High God. Here Elijah encounters the heavenly court in sheer silence.
In the story from Luke, the demons recognise Jesus as the son of this God. Jesus is fresh from the stilling of the raging of the storm over the waters stepping on to dry land. Previously I have written about this story (https://takeleychapel.org.uk/2019/06/23/here-but-not-here/ ), but today I saw something new.
Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss. Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
Luke 8:30-33 NRSV
The poor man was delivered from oppression but what about the poor pigs? I saw that the pigs were Christlike. The pigs are heroes.
All creation is good, being drawn by a good God. At the heart of the creation is the Cross which ripples out and draws all God’s creatures. Jesus trusted the pigs I think, and when Jesus allowed the demons to enter the pigs, he trusted that all would be made well.
For the demons not to be sent to the abyss would not be good and the pigs took it upon themselves to make that happen bringing forward their judgement. I see the pigs rushing to the water as an act of non coerced love! They sacrificed themselves taking evil down into the watery chaos.
This may appear fanciful, but we might see a theme in the readings of not only us needing to trust God to be God but God trusting in the goodness of creation. It also speaks to us now where the metaphysics of that day is lost on us.
Look at the end of the story. After a short time with Jesus, the once demon afflicted man could be trusted with the message of God’s rule.
And the reading in Galations? God entrusts each of us as children of God, clothed in Christ to bring the message of God’s rule.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 3:23-29 NRSV
All creation is drawn by God’s love and the pigs cry out with the rocks, God is with you and you can choose the Way and be saved lead by the light and truth.
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