Monday, February 20, 2006

Isaiah 42 and the cartoon controversy

This was our text at the evening service of our church yesterday.

I have debated this passage with Jews and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that it can be no other : the Suffering Servant is definitely the Messiah Jesus.

The preacher did not particularly dwell on verse 8 but in reading it i was impressed with it in the following way.

While i was initially inclined to support the Danish newspaper and the response of Danish officials i am now decidedly neutral with respect to that side of the controversy. In my opinion there is no excuse for gratuitous offence in the name of freedom of speech. Every freedom must be exercised responsibly.

Yet the Islamic reaction is still continuing and way over the top. It is elevating Mohammed above Jesus on a global and sustained basis. This cannot stand. It's not that any Western country has the will or power to do anything about it.

It's that the Lord Jesus is alive and watching.

Creation must and will glorify Him (Philippians 2:5-11).

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