There are essentially two kinds of woundedness: human woundedness, and Divine woundedness. “The Mark of Cain” was placed on the first of the wounding. Cain was an older brother displaced by a younger one. Beginning with Hagar and Ishmael, Islam was born in woundedness, (rejection). The perspective, understanding, and conversation of woundedness is easily detected by the discerning ear. Human wounding is the fruit of its own fallenness. Kingdoms born of human wounding make bad choices – choices that take us down rather than raise us up.
The Kingdom of God is born of Divine wounding. The difference is that The King was,
“… pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:5, 6
One more observation: All religion rooted in law rather than ‘loving like God’ is wounded and wounding. When Christianity “forgot the height from which it had fallen,” it too became wounded and wounding. Revelation 2:5
Amen. Was thinking today how amazing it is that the Lord knew, before He created man, that man would wound, reject and crucify Him, and yet He STILL chose to create mankind, for love’s sake, because He wanted to love and be loved (even if it were only a tiny number of people throughout the ages who would truly do so).
Such a profound thought. Meditation on this is in order.