Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12
The psychologist Carl Jung once said: “When religion stops talking about animals it will be all downhill.” I wonder how we’re doing with that – if the nonhuman creaturely world has a strong enough presence in our psyche, our souls, or if we have been headed downhill for decades, or centuries.
If we are in danger of losing touch with animal nature, today it’s Isaiah to the rescue. Although you wonder if Isaiah could benefit from learning a little more himself about how the natural world really works. He presents a picture, populated with all sorts of animals that no one in their right mind would put in the same room together, or the same pasture.
“The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.”
From where I stand, literally, right here, I have noticed that this congregation has one major banner in the sanctuary. And that this banner...