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 10 Theme: God Warns the People
Readings: Isaiah 1-7, Jeremiah 2
- 1:8 – I wonder if this is a reference to the Festival of Booths? And, what about these cucumber fields?
- 1:15-17 – learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, and plead for the widow. G*d is very, very clear.
- 1:21-23 – Jerusalem is compared to a whore—why? She does not "defend the orphan and the widow's cause."
- 2:8 – Regarding idol worship: "they bow down to the work of their hands…" Oh yeah. Just like most of us. What we make is what we worship. Especially when we make money.
- 3:17 – just plain disturbing.
- 5:4 – somebody needs to teach me about grapes and wild grapes.
- 5:7 – the metaphor is spelled out exactly. Vineyard – Israel, Plantings = People of Judah (Southern Kingdom).
- 5:14 – the upper class is going down!
- 6:8 – "Here I am." (Now Samuel, Mary, Isaiah) using the same words.
- 2:13 – Again, spelled out clearly the sins of Israel. (1) they have forsaken me and (2) done their own work with their own hands
- 2:21 – G*d planted a "choice vine" and they turned it into a wild vine
- 2:35 – Another clear indicator: "I am bringing you to judgment because you said "I have not sinned." Sounds like our political leaders, especially the ones claiming righteousness.