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Strangers and Eunuchs: Devotional 2.72

The changes which the Lord announces throughout this portion of Isaiah (and specifically in 56:2-8) are not easy changes. One might say that they are “mind-boggling” groundswells on the order of all the ice in the Arctic completely melting or the entire Rock of Gibraltar dissolving into the Mediterranean Sea. Jesus, the Lord’s Servant, understood the upsetting nature of his ministry and God’s plan and purpose from his incarnation forward. … Continue readingStrangers and Eunuchs: Devotional 2.72

“Barren” Woman–Isaiah and Galatians: Devotional 2.68

What Paul finds in Septuagint Isaiah 54:1, as he expresses it in Galatians 4:21-31, is what God intends us all to see. The content of Paul’s understanding of Isaiah 54:1, as he presents it in Galatians, lies within the text from the beginning, even in Isaiah’s day. Readers can verify this by following the context throughout the chapters of Isaiah which occur previous to 54:1. … Continue reading“Barren” Woman–Isaiah and Galatians: Devotional 2.68

God’s Faithful: Devotional 2.66

Chapter 51:1-8 completes what chapters 49-50 and previous chapters began. By the end of verse 8, readers can conclude that the reference to the “barren” woman in 54:1 looks back to the references in God’s speech to a faithful Sion. In chapter 51, these are God’s people who follow after righteousness and seek the Lord. Consistent with many prior chapters, God again makes clear that Gentiles will be intimately woven into Israel’s future blessings of comfort and prosperity. … Continue readingGod’s Faithful: Devotional 2.66

Isaiah Labels Faithful Israel: Devotional 2.58

In Septuagint Volume 2 of Isaiah, God speaks directly to his people. One difficulty in understanding this speech is that God often alternates rapidly between words of chastisement and warning and words of comfort and blessing. As asked in previous posts (Isaiah Devotional 60, Isaiah Devotional 2.14), is God schizophrenic? Does he have multiple personalities? Do the frequent changes of tone in God’s speech and intention indicate a supreme being who waffles? Someone who cannot make up his mind? Do these frequent changes indicate uncertainty on God’s part? The thesis of this devotional blog on the Septuagint text of Isaiah is that God addresses differing groups of Israel’s people. Some people displayed hearts which in the long run sought to obey God, while others remained steadfastly rebellious and hard of heart in their behaviors concerning God. God addresses each of these sorts of people separately. … Continue readingIsaiah Labels Faithful Israel: Devotional 2.58

Who Is The Suffering Servant? Isaiah Devotional 2.44

But Who Is the Servant? Is the servant Israel?… Is the servant Isaiah?… Who can the servant be?… The list of characters in the book of Isaiah is very short: 1. Isaiah the narrator 2. Israel the nation 3. Israel the people 4. The enemies of Israel 5. The Gentiles who find favor with God 6. The Servant 7. God… If the Servant is neither Isaiah the prophet nor the people of Israel, then there is really no one else he could be other than the Servant of God identified throughout the book as someone whom God accords glory on a par with his own… Other “My Servant” Passages…
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