Sunday, October 10, 2010

Isaiah

Through the Bible in 90 days: Day 49

Read: Isaiah 1:1-13:22

Verse that stood out:
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned - Isaiah 9:2

Isaiah is a pendulum of messages. One moment doom and gloom, the next, the promise of a deliverer. So quickly does it bounce from one to the other it's difficult to keep track with what's going on. It doesn't help with following the plot of Isaiah that the prophet doesn't always seem concerned with chronology or that we tend to pull out texts that we associate with the New Testament and leave the rest. Nevertheless, a few things I did stick out in this reading:
  • Isaiah's call (chapter 6) is not to mission, as we so often interpret that passage, so much as it is to go and deliver a message of doom (even if it would later be followed by a message of light).
  • The prophecies we associate with Christ are fully immersed in passages about other things. While I still think they are about Christ, I'd like to learn more about how one should read these ancient texts in a way that just looks for what shows up in the New Testament (Maybe I'll explore this in another post this week).
  • One of the main points of Isaiah is Yahweh's sovereignty. I was struck by chapter 10, and the prophet's assertion that while Assyria may think that she is in charge, but she's not. Reminds us all that our day to day activities (no matter how powerful we may be) often unwittingly serve the Lord's plans.

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