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, Comfort
Readings: Isaiah 40-43
- 40:1 – the Comforter is the prophet. In the New Testament, we refer to the Comforter as the Holy Spirit. Something to think about. It never says that the Comforter IS the Holy Spirit. Just that a Comforter will come.
- 40:9 – mountains are places of worship
- 40:11 – how do shepherds "feed" their sheep? don't the sheep eat what is in front of them?
- 40:11 – great imagery with the leading of the mother sheep
- 40:18 – who will we liken G*d to?
- 40:31 – what does it mean to wait for the Lord?
- 41:1 – listen in silence.
- 41:2 – Cyrus II
- 42:1 – Referencing Cyrus again?
- 42:13 – think about G*d going forth like a warrior stirring up his fury…shouting. This is vivid.
- 42:18-20 – what? blind like Cyrus? blind like the dedicated one? sees but doesn't observe? ears open but not hearing? Bible notes - Aaah! sarcasm! Referencing Israel.
- 42:24 – Again, G*d is the author of destruction, turmoil, pain
- 43:1 – Hope!
- 43:5-6 – All the Israelites will be brought together. East, West, North, South.
- 43:8 – Blind yet have eyes. So, held with 42:18-20, there are Israelites that can SEE even though they are blind.
- 43:29 – The Arabic is Allah hou, I believe. "G*d is he."