Brewery: New Belgium
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Style: Pale Ale ABV: 6%
Info about Beer/Brewery: The Glutiny Pale Ale is crafted to remove gluten. I chose this beer during Beer Advent because I probably would never pull it off the shelf to buy a 6 pack of it. The one Gluten-reduced beer that I’ve tried previously was not to my liking one bit. So I was a little hesitant to try this one. But in light of people who cannot enjoy the beauties of craft beer because they have a sensitivity to gluten, either because celiac disease or a desire to be in with the ‘Whole Foods’ crowd (oops I said it). An enzyme built for breaking down the gluten was added in the brewing process to make the beer ‘gluten-reduced’. If you are a hop head, this beer will have the usual dryness and bitterness that makes some cringe, but hop heads rejoice!
Cheers to tonight’s beer and to remembering those who have gluten sensitivity!
Advent Reflection: The descendant of David who will rule as king doesn’t seem to go as hoped. The kingly descendants through the book of Kings/Chronicles regularly stray from God’s laws and ways and often lead the nation of Israel into idolatry and rejection of God’s Word. During this time prophets are sent to Israel to declare God’s words, warnings, and promises. Each in a different way, the prophets envision a time when God will set all things right in all the earth through a descendant of David. A Davidic ruler will usher in a world peace and blessings for the nations.
As you read through Kings/Chronicles, we soon learn that because God’s people fail to repent and turn back he eventually sends them into exile through the conquest of the Assyrians in 722 B.C. and the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Israelites eventually return from exile and resettle in the land of Jerusalem but experience nothing like the promise of a kingly ruler bringing blessing to all peoples. The people are still waiting.
And as we enter into God’s story this Beer Advent………………………..WE are still waiting.
Psalm 89 expresses the pain of waiting for this promise fairly well:
“You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’ ”
I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail.
I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure.
“If his sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes,
if they violate my decrees and fail to keep my commands,
I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging;
but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.
Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness– and I will not lie to David–
that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun;
it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.” Selah
But you have rejected, you have spurned, you have been very angry with your anointed one.
You have renounced the covenant with your servant and have defiled his crown in the dust.
You have broken through all his walls and reduced his strongholds to ruins.
All who pass by have plundered him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
You have exalted the right hand of his foes; you have made all his enemies rejoice.
You have turned back the edge of his sword and have not supported him in battle.
You have put an end to his splendor and cast his throne to the ground.
You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with a mantle of shame.
How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?
O Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David?” -Psalm 89: 3-4, 28-46, 49