My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Monday, October 23, 2006

Isaiah 27

Israel wins in the end

Summary:
Then God will punish all with the sword, including the leviathan. Then God will sing: "I have a vineyard (Israel) to watch over, but no thorns to fight."

Israel will blossom. She has been spared the punishment of the rest of the world. Israel's guilt will be atoned for by destroying all the foreign altars and worship poles. A trumpet will be blown, and you will all be called back home.

Key verse:
3. I, the Lord, watch over it;
I water it continually.
I guard it day and night
so that no one may harm it.

My thoughts:
Hmm... there seems to be a tension between Israel being severely punished, but also being the saviour of the world.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Deane said...

Pete:
Hmm... there seems to be a tension between Israel being severely punished, but also being the saviour of the world.

Israel gets punished in front of the whole world, then Israel gets to rule the whole world. The story is the same all through Isaiah. First Israel gets the wrath of God, then it gets the reward of God - all for his name's sake.

Take Isaiah 52.13-53.1 as another example:

"Just as there were many who were astonished at him [Israel] - so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals - so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate. 'Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?' "

8:37 pm

 
Blogger mel said...

Interesting thoughts you share and who knows how many people you are inspiring to read the bible more! :-)

My bible reading progress (not going daily as I had first intended!!) is on http://hisperfectword.blogspot.com
feel free to visit

Have a great day,
mel :-)

4:39 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Thank Mel!!

Yea Deane, I agree. It appears to be a common approach throughout a lot of the Bible.

10:19 am

 

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