Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Portion of Jacob

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Path to the river in my back yard
You are my portion, LORD.

Psalm 119:57

Media apportions out pre-interpreted, politicized information. Not wisdom.

Where are the voices of reason? Is there a moral leader anywhere?

The Word says...

“Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
    every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;
    they have no breath in them.
 They are worthless, the objects of mockery;
    when their judgment comes, they will perish.
He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these,
    for he is the Maker of all things,
including the people of his inheritance
    the Lord Almighty is his name.

Jeremiah 51:17-19
(Note: this is the only place in Scripture that God is called "the Portion of Jacob.")

The media - Their gods are frauds, dead sticks - deadwood gods, tasteless jokes. They’re nothing but stale smoke. (The Message, Jer. 51:19)

The Portion of Jacob - is the real thing; he put the whole universe together. (Ib.)

"Portion" refers to a person's share of something; e.g., food, or land. It carries the sense of "inheritance." Food, or land, is divided up, and apportioned out. Tremper Longman writes: "Someone's portion becomes their possession. Thus Yahweh is the possession of Jacob, another name for Israel; God gives himself to his people." 

At the table of the Maker of all things, the One who put the universe together apportions himself out to me. I eat and drink of him. I feast on eternal reason, wisdom, and knowledge, apoliticized. Abureaucratized. 

The Lord is my meal. The Lord is my land. 

The God that was Jacob's portion is also mine.