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God and Israel: Isaiah Devotional 2.18

Verse 6 summarizes Isaiah’s argument throughout the entire volume to this point, chapters 40-44.

First, God is: 1) God, 2) king, 3) redeemer, and 4) the Almighty Lord of Hosts. Second, he and Messiah are one, according to the New Testament. Finally, there is no other god who saves. The point of all this is that God in his great love for his own people pleads with them to turn back to him and be saved. His plea still stands for all Israel’s children and for Gentiles, as well. … Continue readingGod and Israel: Isaiah Devotional 2.18

Gleanings #2-4: Isaiah Journal 2.6

Isaiah 41:4, LXX pops in the Septuagint text. The last two words state, “I Am.”

4 Who has wrought and done these things? he has called it who called it from the generations of old; I God, the first and to all futurity, I AM. (LXE, Brenton) 

A study note for this verse appears in the Orthodox Study Bible (3).

41:4 I Am, repeated twenty-seven times in chs. 41-49, means “I am the existing One.” This phrase is traditionally written in Greek in Christ’s halo on Orthodox icons (OΩN). This is how the Son and Word of God revealed Himself to Moses (Ex 3:14). … Continue readingGleanings #2-4: Isaiah Journal 2.6

Gleaning #1: Isaiah Journal 2.5

Verses 40:31-41:1 reveal a story in the Greek text. We include Isaiah 40:31 because of the verbal tie established by repetition of the word “renew”… Considering 40:31 and 41:1 together, side by side as they are, the reader perceives two distinct groups which renew their strength. One group are the blessed, “they that wait on God.” Waiting on God in Scripture is a marvelous thing to do. God favors those who wait on him. The other group are composed of the rulers, the nations, the far off islands. These words refer not so much to geography in this context, but to spiritual condition. Those far from God abide so because they oppose him; they have no interest in him. But God says they shall renew their strength. And being strengthened, God bids them to gather together with one another, to converse together in a huddle, to plan their strategy in opposition to God. … Continue readingGleaning #1: Isaiah Journal 2.5

The Coming Messiah: LXX Isaiah 2.2

The first unit of Volume 2 of Isaiah (verses 40:1-11) boldly and joyfully announces the coming Messiah… Does the prophet Isaiah separate and distinguish his Messianic message between Israel and the Gentiles? One blessing for Israel and a separate, different blessing for Gentiles? No, he doesn’t. Isaiah 40:10-11 speaks to Zion, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah. They clearly indicate the Jesus who walks through the pages of the four gospels. There is one coming King who will bless and gather one people for himself (Ephesians 2:11, 11-22; Galatians 3:28-29). … Continue readingThe Coming Messiah: LXX Isaiah 2.2

Concrete and Spiritual: LXX Isaiah Journal Vol 2.1

What do the biblical books of Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians have to do with the book of Isaiah? Simply this. When I, as a 21st century non-Jewish Christian, read God’s words, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” can I apply these words to myself? I believe that the New Testament teaches that yes, I can. God is also speaking to me. … Continue readingConcrete and Spiritual: LXX Isaiah Journal Vol 2.1