It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain. The Moabites shall be trodden down in their place as straw is trodden down in a dung-pit.
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Trash talk is the contemporary phrase for those times when we spew out our verbal venom in the direction of a person or group of people who represent the opposition. It happens benignly at sporting events. Unfortunately it happens in arenas of greater import like presidential elections and war. It happens in our scriptures. The inspiration of the prophet Isaiah to breath hope through a vision of a God who saves is also laced with the understanding of power by conquering. We want to be victorious and we understand victory in terms of the vanquishing our foes. But God used even our enemies as a part of the vehicle for our salvation. Ruth was a Moabite. God shows the nature of power by raising up victory from the lowest places we imagine. We are not to confuse the victory we can achieve for ourselves with the one that only God can accomplish.
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Let us be glad and rejoice in your salvation, Lord. Amen.