One of the constant refrains of judgement we see in the prophets is this. The people did not take care of the poor. They did not take care of the needy. In fact, they took advantage of them. They used them for their own gain and their own prophet. They did not even regard them as fellow humans.
And the Lord rails against this. Part of what it means to be a Christian is to care for each other. To care for those brothers and sisters inside the church. But, to care for those brothers and sisters outside the church.
I know I'm beating a dead horse that I've been some recently, but in this Christmas season, let us remember to think about, to help, to do for those other than ourselves and our families. Let's take time in this season of joy to help each other, and to help those in need.
New Testament Lesson
In this passage, trouble comes when people leave what is right, and begin to do that which is wrong. Today, let's not go looking for trouble. Trouble will find us at some point today. Let's not go looking for it.
John told the people to repent. To repent is to turn from. In all of our lives, there are things that we need to turn from, things that we need to turn away for our souls, for our families, for our walk with God. Each of us. Repentance is not a one time thing, it is a life time thing.
Today, let us turn from what is wrong and turn to what is right.