Disciple Bible Study: Week 12, Reading 2

I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings.  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading.

Week 12 Theme:  God Restores the People

Readings: Isaiah 44-46, 49-50

Noticings:

  • 44:3 – intense imagery.  Imagine water poured on hard baked desert ground.  It runs in the rivulets that goes into the cracks of the ground.  It takes a lot to move to not being thirsty any more.
  • 44:22 – redemption!
  • 44:24-26 – a nice if/them proposition.  If G*d made creation, then G*d will ensure that Jerusalem exists.
  • 44:28 – it is so weird to think of Cyrus as G*d's shepherd
  • 45:2-3 – what is the significance of doors of bronze and treasures of darkness?
  • 45:5-6 – Cyrus is G*d's servant even though he doesn't know G*d
  • 45 – sense of the cosmological G*d vs. the G*d of the land in previous writings
  • 45:15 – what??  "you are a G*d who hides himself."  Are we blaming G*d a little bit?
  • 45 – why does Cyrus let the people go back to Jerusalem?
  • 45:19 – but G*d didn't speak in secret (even though G*d is hiding!)
  • 46:11 – G*d is steadfast
  • 46:13 – salvation will be found in the hills of Jerusalem (Zion!)
  • 49:6 – it is really difficult for me to think of the nation of Israel, now, as a light to the world
  • 49:15 – wonderful!  G*d is like a woman with a child.
  • 49:23 – you will know that G*d is Lord when nations bow down to you?  Yikes!
  • 50:1 – this funny – a bill of divorce?
  • 50:11 – G*d is cranky!

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