David Bazan has come out with a new album and I think it’s really great. The following lyrics are from one of my favourite Bazan tracks (old lyrics set with new music).
‘When We Fell.’
with the threat of hell hanging over my head like a halo
i was made to believe in a couple of beautiful truths
that eventually had the effect of completely unraveling
the powerful curse put on me by you
when you set the table
and when you chose the scale
did you write a riddle
that you knew they would fail
did you make them tremble
so they would tell the tale
did you push us when when we fell
if my mother cries when i tell her what i have discovered
then i hope she remembers she taught me to follow my heart
and if you bully her like you’ve done me with fear of damnation
then i hope she can see you for what you are
what am i afraid of
whom did i betray
in what medieval kingdom does justice work this way
if you knew what would happen and made us just the same
then you , my lord, can take the blame
The following is said to be a rabbinic story and I found it in a book:
“Before setting out to create the world, the Almighty took a moment to look into the future of creation. God saw beauty, truth, goodness, and the joy of creatures, but the All-Knowing One also saw a never-ending stream of human misdeeds, small, large, and horrendous, a trail of sighs, tears, and blood. “If I give sinners their due,” thought the Just One, “I’ll have to destroy the world that I am about to create. Should I create just to destroy?” And so God decided to forgive the world in advance so that the world could be brought into being.”
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as siler or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake,” (1 Peter 1:20).
Jesus was destined to die. Before the foundations of the world were laid he was the spotless lamb who would take our place. Before the foundations were laid, before mankind was made, before sin and death entered God’s good creation, God had decided to redeem. The One true God is a redeeming God. As Miroslav Volf puts it, “Creation owes its very existence to God’s forgiveness,” (Free of Charge, 136).
Just a little something to think about today.
Grace and peace.