Seven Wonders of the Word
In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest:
Today we move from the theme of the Word Creating, to the Word Calling.
What exactly does it mean for the Word to call? While not exclusive to the sphere of church words, the concept of the call or calling is one that has a special place in the life of faith.
All this week we will look at different aspects of what it means to be called. Today we have a reading from Haggi. Yeah, I know Haggi is everybody’s favorite minor Old Testament prophet! Ok, maybe not, in fact I don’t know if we really ever spend any time hanging out with Haggi except for in Bible Studies, and quite frankly I haven’t seen many of those either.
While this passage is not one I want to hand to a lector to read just because of the names, it is the names and the dates that are key to understanding how the Word calls.
Haggi isn’t called to speak to some fuzzy spiritual concept, he isn’t there philosophizing and pontificating in some vague setting. He is called on the first day of the sixth month of the reign of King Darius to bring a message to the Governor Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel (I can never pronounce that right and it usually comes out sounding, umm.. rather bad!) and to Jozadak the high preist.
Well, no it isn’t, well not completely, in the waters of baptism we are all called to be actively involved in God’s Kingdom. You are called to your place of work, your community, your home to live your life in such away that the light and love of God shine through you. Whether you are a butcher, baker or candle stick maker, or anything else you have a calling, you are uniquely gifted to do the job God is calling you to do in your life.
Your calling may and in fact will change over time, there are seasons of ministry in differing roles and in unique situations that we are all called to, but the Word often calls to us in concrete and particular ways. The key here is to listen… where is the Word calling you today.
Maybe this song from “The Call” (yeah I know right!) will help you understand a little of how God calls to each of us where and when we are. Its one of my favorites! The audio quality leaves something to be desired, it still works, if you want to hear a solid great sounding version stop by my office!