Isaiah 31

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Isaiah 31

Overview.

Chapter 31 is the continuation of oracle against Judah and her leader, condemning King Hezekiah and his anti-Assyrian alliance with Egypt to protect them from Assyria.

Isaiah said, “woe,” for their attempt to seek help from Egypt, because they sought for forces of horses and chariots, but not look to God. It was woe to them because both Judah and Egypt will fall together, for God is wise and bring disaster against the wicked and evildoers.

Isiah spoke for God using two analogies of lion and bird. Like a lion who is not frightened by many shepherds’ shouts and clamor, the Lord Almighty will fight for Judah. Like birds hovering over head, the Lord Almighty will hold Jerusalem and protect Judah.

“Return to the Lord,” is the message to the people of Judah. And he prophesied, “in that day,’ when everyone will reject the idols. And Assyrian will fall by their sword, forced labors, and their own terror.

Warning, calling for repentance, and hope of promise are interchanged in this chapter.  

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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