Where did I put ..
Have you ever had a moment where you were trying to find something really important, but just could not find it? As you search your memory, it can feel like you are trying to hold onto fog. You try to grasp it but it falls away. You work hard to trigger your memory retracing steps, flipping the couch cushions, checking your pockets. You tidy the house up as you search for this really important thing. After awhile, you just give up, sit yourself down and try to let it go. But you can’t! As you sit there your brain keeps running, you start to hope that something will magically appear in your mind and you will suddenly find clarity. The minutes begin to feel like hours that drag on. You pull a friend or loved one into your darkening abyss as you try and sort out what happened, and where it has gone. Then, in the middle of the dark of night, after you have finally let go and resigned yourself to embracing futility, failure and disappointment, you spring out of bed, go to your coat pocket, and there under who knows what, you finally feel them in your hands. Your keys! Your beautiful wonderful keys. You have them and used them all the time, but somehow these valuable things are lost, forgotten and miss placed in the course of everyday life. They are always in the last place you look.
The reading from Isaiah says , “For the yoke of their burden, and bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressors, you have broken as on the day of Midian.” This last sentence from Isaiah are the lost keys to understanding what is going on from our passages this morning.
Day of Midian
This cryptic reference in the last line of Isaiah gives us a clue to understanding what all three readings use in their reference point of ‘the day of Midian’. If you were a first century Jew, you would immediately understand the reference. It would be like someone saying, ‘we were shocked like on 9/11’. The emotions, circumstances and turmoil comes to the forefront of our minds and we immediately understand what is being shared. This is what is going on with ‘the day of Midian.’