1 Shepherd of Israel, listen! You, the one who leads Joseph as if he were a sheep. You, who are enthroned upon the winged heavenly creatures. Show yourself 2 before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh! Wake up your power! Come to save us! 3 Restore us, God. Make your face shine so that we can be saved! 4 Lord God of heavenly forces, how long will you fume against your people’s prayer? 5 You’ve fed them bread made of tears; you’ve given them tears to drink three times over!
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
A God who is narrowly conceived has nothing to do but look after and protect those who have conceived Him/Her. Of course the who have thus envisioned God don’t even believe their own machinations. They prove their dis-belief as they continue to arm themselves and put their reliance on military might. That is truly their “bread of tears … tears to drink in full measure.”
It is said that “those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” True at some level. However, at an inner level, we all either live by the sword or learn to integrate our violent tendencies as a passionate desire to work for peace. What is true for individuals is also true for nations. Such a transformation is the real meaning of restoration in the name of God. Perhaps.