Isaiah 40

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 40

Overview

Isaiah 40-55 is called Second Isaiah because its contents and message are different from Isaiah 1-39. Biblical scholars conclude that its author would be an anonymous exiled prophet in Babylonia during the final year of exile there at 540BC.  Primary theme of the second Isaiah is the restoration of the Jewish people and their land.

“Comfort, comfort my people,” is the first message of the second Isaiah.

The prophet prophesies God’s commissioning of him to speak for God, to announce God’s coming and the restoration of the people and the land (Isaiah 34-35, 40-55). “the way of the Lord,” “the word of God,” “the rule of the power of God,” “the work of mighty God,” are the message.

The response of the hearer of this prophecy is to sing hymn celebrating God as the almighty Creator of the universe and decrying the nations’ worthless idols. “waters (seas), heavens, and earth are the world’s three divisions. God is the source of all knowledge and wisdom, and idols cannot be compared with God.

To the exiles who have despaired of God’s presence, the prophet assured them that God has not abandoned them but will extend salvation to them. “wait,” expresses confidence that God will not desert his people. They will be renewed (29-31), those who hope in God.

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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