Today’s Texts: Isaiah 5:24-30, 1:27-31, 2:19-3:7, 1:18-20, 4:2-6, 2:1-5, 2 Kings 15:19-33, Isa 6:1-13, 2 Chron 26:22-23, 2 Chron.27:1-6.
Highlights: These early sections in Isaiah continue to describe the sinfulness of Judah and how God is going to raise up “nations from afar” to punish them.
There is also much hope: “Though your sins are as scarlet they can be as white as snow – if you are willing and obedient.” (1:18-19). The beginning of chapters 2 and 4 picture a great and glorious time of peace for God’s people which is difficult to imagine given the current state of affairs.
The readings close with some historical information – changes of regime in the Northern Kingdom as the Assyrians begin to subdue Israel. In the South, Uzziah dies and his son Jotham, a good king, begins to reign
The vision of Isaiah’s call (Chapter 6) contains an interesting statement: “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9-10).
It sounds like God didn’t want them to change! Jesus quotes this and applies it to those who rejected his teachings. Did God not want them to repent? Why couldn’t they understand? What do you make of this?