Watching the film “BEE SEASON”, I hear the father character who is a professor mention Tikkun Olam — a Hebrew phrase meaning ‘repairing the world’ — to his classroom. He describes Tikkun Olam as finding the shards of the broken vessel in which God stored His essence. As the vessel broke, the universe was created in what we often hear referred to as ‘the big bang.’ Now, mankind’s job is to find these shards and so restore the world to its original condition — a place which contains all of the essence of God.
I’ve never heard this phrase — which is not surprising since I am not Jewish and do not know Hebrew.
I’ve never believed mankind is able to repair the world. Social justice, though important, is not the solution to our fundamental problem — sin.
Rather, the ultimate solution comes not from our self-efforts, but from God’s. He plans even before the foundation of this world, the manner in which He will solve its problem. He’ll leave His home — heaven — come into the world as an infant, grow into a man, preach ‘the kingdom of God is near,’ die on a cross carrying the entire weight of the world’s sin, and finally rise in glory from the grave, returning to His home to intercede for His people as long as it takes.
Repairing the world is not our task. Yet, called to love one another, we do.
Thanks God for the paradox — You only can fix the world You made, yet You expect us to participate. In Jesus’ Name, amen.