In which the exiles rejoice in a coming new order of justice and peace
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of each kind, cattle and crawling things and wild beasts of each kind. And so it was. And God made wild beasts of each kind and cattle of every kind and all crawling things on the ground of each kind, and God saw that it was good. And God said, “Let us make a human in our image, by our likeness, to hold sway over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the heavens and the cattle and the wild beasts and all the crawling things that crawl upon the earth.
And God created the human in his image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.
And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and conquer it, and hold sway over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the heavens and every beast that crawls upon the earth.” And God said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the face of all the earth and every tree that has fruit bearing seed, yours they will be for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and to all the fowl of the heavens and to all that crawls on the earth, which has the breath of life within it, the green plants for food.” And so it was. And God saw all that He had done, and, look, it was very good. And it was evening and it was morning, the sixth day.
Isaiah 65:17-19, 25
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be recalled and shall not come to mind. But rejoice and exalt for all times, that I am creating, for I am about to create in Jerusalem exultation and with it rejoicing. And I will exult in Jerusalem and rejoice in My people, and no longer shall be heard within it the sound of weeping and the sound of screams.
The wolf and the lamb shall graze as one, and the lion like cattle eat hay and the serpent—dust, its food. They shall do no evil and do no harm on all My holy mountain, said the LORD.
Advent is a season of longing, as we wait for what we do not yet see: for God to come, in Jesus, and establish that reign of justice, mercy and peace.
Hold on. The kingdom of God has drawn near. A new day is coming.
Biblical texts: Robert Alter, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary