Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Come, Let Us Reason Together
I have to say, so far in reading Isaiah, it's starting to become my favorite book. It might just be my favorite by the end...In a general way Isaiah seems to crystallize very vividly themes that occur throughout the Bible (and imagery!), and give a complete picture of what the biblical texts are about from sin and rebuke, to grace and forgiveness, from judgement to mercy, kingdom and covenant, new heavens and new earth, it's all there. I almost feel that it gives you the grand overview picture of "Act 3 Israel" as I have it on my page http://bibleimmersion.blogspot.com/p/about-bible.html.
Any scholar or pastor would admit it's a daunting book, and I like that. It's the second most quoted in the New Testament and a favorite in Second Temple Jewish literature for a reason. It's vivid. It's beautiful. It's mysterious. It gets to the heart of the matter. Israel, specifically Judah in many parts, failed to be God's light for the world. They failed to keep his covenant. But forgiveness is promised for the remnant one day, along with national and cosmic judgement of sin and injustice. God IS going to fulfill his covenant to Abraham in some way (I leave this vague on purpose...).