Oh Judge! Day two of the Ember and Antiphons

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,et ei in Sina legem dedisti:veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

English:O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bushand gave him the law on Sinai:Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

This chant today is also echoed in the readings for today which state ”
“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our ruler, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” Isaiah 33:22

One of the unique aspects of Christ, and most confusing (especially to the people of God at the time ) is the Concept of Messiah. The concept is one of a Warrior King, one who would embody every aspect of rule.

When the people first ventured away from Pharaoh, they had God alone to rule them, with the Priests interceding for them, However, as they demonstrated an inability to follow, their hearts became more confused and they pressured the Prophet Samuel to anoint a King. That king would be Saul, then David, Then Solomon, etc.

Just like the people who couldn’t follow 10 commandments (which eventually became the 600+ mishnas of the Torah, or Law), so too, the Kings eventually became more and more flawed, starting with Saul’s original fall into insanity.

The truth is , the only pure King is one who is holy, pure and just. That is an impossibility for fallen man. Ego will be the root of every imperfection, no matter what race, creed or party a person sticks after their name.

The only pure King, the only Just Judge, is the King of Kings who comes. This is why advent isn’t just a remembrance, but a hear and now. Just like Joseph will hear also in the Gospel, Emmanuel, God is with us, so too, Advent is a Chance for us to know God with us now. Its a hope in that concept of a reliving of the experience, that can point us to and correct our path, so that we can seek in our midst, the true Judge, true king.

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