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
- 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!