- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- 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 33
Chapter 34 is a prophetic liturgy in temple service.
First section recalls a historic event of 701BC, the invasion of Assyrian king of Sennacherib and Judah’s treaty with Egypt to protect from Assyrian. Destroyer refers to Assyria. Traitor refers to Judah’s king who made the treaty.
Second section is a congregational prayer for God’s deliverance, pleading God’s intervention, promise of God’s victory and restoration of Zion, Jerusalem and Judah.
Third section is a congregational lament over the conditions of insecurity and forest and fruitful region that became barren.
Fourth section is a congregational supplication that God commands the nations to acknowledge His might, and that God’s wrath will destroy the sinners in Judah and Judah’s enemies.
Firth section is a congregational vision, “you will see,” that their unpleasant past will become a memory in the peaceful reign of the Messianic king, who is almighty, judge, lawgiver, and who is to save their nation and their land to satisfy the need of people.
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?