Then whoever invokes a blessing in the land shall bless by the God of faithfulness,
and whoever takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of faithfulness;
because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my sight. Isaiah 65:16
God of faithfulness – a God who is steadfast, a God who keeps promises, a God who believes in us. This God of faithfulness is a God who is part of the land and the land is part of what god promises to us and on which we are to make promises and bless. The Land, God, and people are tied together in oaths.
What does it mean to invoke blessing in the land? God’s usual blessings are of children in the bible that is why we have those stories of women doing anything to have children. But then why does God not deliverer children to all those who want and pray for children? So is there a different part of this oath giving that makes sense? Are we meant to become a part of the land we live in? Are we to know the land as more than a road, a house, a scene to look at? Are we to feel and hear the land? Can blessing and oaths take place without being part of the land we are in? To know the land is one part of beginning to know God.
God of faithfulness help us to be faithful in and with the land. Amen.