Advent: Sunday Nov 27

Isaiah 2:1-5

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

[The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

Questions:

Who is Isaiah addressing?

What does it mean to “see” a word?

 

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4 comments

  1. This reading is so visual for me. The language makes me dream and imagine what Isaiah is describing. I remember learning that the brain processes visual memory best by looking up, which makes the mountain of the Lord’s house so interesting to me. It’s as if we are challenged to imagine a memory where there is peace in the world and the things that once caused destruction are transformed into the very things that bring it life.

    1. I like that part about looking up and our visual memory. Super interesting… especially as it connects our past to our hoping for the future/present.

  2. As Jim read this text to me, I was definitely having a visual experience since I was gazing at images of the cosmos from the Hubble telescope on our TV screen.
    Indeed let us walk in the light of the Lord which is still reaching us across billions of years and from which “there can go forth instruction”.
    Don’t have time to say more, but will add that I believe Einstein’s theory of special relativity grew out of his wondering what the world would be like if he could ride along on a beam of light. Some of you science people may know more about that.

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