Before we leave this first chapter, there are two more aspects of John's vision that deserve contemplation--Jesus's eyes and feet.
Isaiah 1: Morsel of Mercy
what we do (or do not do) about righteously tending and caring for the physical earth itself matters to God; what we do (or do not do) about hungry people and homeless people, marginalized people and people in need matters to God.
2 Peter 2: Lot and His Wife
All of us are shaped by the culture we grow up in, and Lot’s wife and family were no different. Though Lot knew God, it seems he had little influence on his family or the society he kept.
2 Peter 2: Sodom and Gomorrah
Now, Peter would present his second and third examples, God’s cleansing the whole earth of abject wickedness, yet rescuing the tiny remnant of righteous ones.
Minor Prophets: Amos Lowers the Boom
Like one of those disaster sagas, I wonder if the people were numb at this point, hollowed of all feeling, the shock of these words landing like mallets on the taut head of a kettle drum.