Isaiah 1-2 B

Here is the overview from the Bible Project.

I am excited for Isaiah. This beautiful book is one of the most credible, reliable scriptures we have. It was validated, in its entirety, upon the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946, dated to be from 408BC – 318BC. Unchanged. God has preserved this wonderful prophecy.

I will probably never stop pointing out when the LORD reminds people of His priorities with the orphan and widow. A nation’s care–or lack thereof–toward vulnerable people’s, is His measurement of health. Israel’s lack of defense for the orphan and widow testifies against them. (1:23)

When the LORD, Himself, redeems His Holy city, it will be for everyone.

“And all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will 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 concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.'” (2:2-3)

And, I LOVE THIS, weapons will be repurposed for gardening. (2:4) A beautiful reversal of how our jobs as mankind, to tend to the earth, took a horrible turn toward murder and warfare.

If we look at the state of the world today, we can rest assured, knowing we are never more perturbed than God at how twisted everything is. We can also rest assured, knowing He has set a plan in motion to make things right.

This book is a hand in hand of Judgement and Hope. Sometimes, it’s a hope that God will judge the wicked, other times it’s a hope that we, the wicked, will come out on the other side of this refiner’s fiery judgement. It’s a both/and.

What hope do you find in these chapters today?

-Bethany

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