Advent: Monday Dec 12

Isaiah 29:17-24

Shall not Lebanon in a very little while become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be regarded as a forest? On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the neediest people shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant shall be no more, and the scoffer shall cease to be; all those alert to do evil shall be cut off— those who cause a person to lose a lawsuit, who set a trap for the arbiter in the gate, and without grounds deny justice to the one in the right. Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: No longer shall Jacob be ashamed, no longer shall his face grow pale. For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will sanctify my name; they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. And those who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who grumble will accept instruction.

[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:

How does this list of “signs of ‘that day'” line up with the ones we heard yesterday from Isiah 35? What differences do you notice? What do you think of that?

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One comment

  1. These verses sound to me like Isaiah’s version of the beatitudes. The poor in spirit – those bullied by tyrants, the meek, the blind, the deaf, they are all called blessed here, for they will receive what has been promised. A recently widowed woman said to me not long ago, “The faith I have, is what lights my darkness”. She looks to the promises which are hers. So do we.

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