One common thread running through at least three of the texts for this week involve the “aftermath of God.” That is, to borrow from Peter Rollins, life after an intense encounter with God. All encounters are intense. We may miss them when we domesticate God into our image. But, when, like Isaiah, we are overcome with the presence of God bound up in the recognition we are only glimpsing the hem of his robe we at once are marked by God’s transcendence as we experience his immanence.
Last week Jeremiah expressed his inadequacies and failures. This week Isaiah recognizes his personal and social sins. A small group of the disciples are marked by the overwhelming sense that Jesus is more than a teacher who asked them to put out from shore just a bit. The Apostle Paul struck by his encounter considered himself born out of time. In the aftermath of God each character in the story of God faced a transformative event, transformative worship.
What are your thoughts about the aftermath of God?