Isaiah 51

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 51

Overview

 Prophecy of everlasting salvation for Zion.

Chapter 51 expresses the consolation of God for the people in exile.

Short prophecies are expressed in the beginning of the chapter with words, “Awake, “Listen,” “look,” “lift up” and “hear.” These prophetic words invite listeners, who are exiled people of Israel in Babylon, to lift up their heart to see the deliverance of God, the righteousness of God.

God’s lamentation toward exiled people expresses suffering and calamity that has upon them because of the wrath, and rebuke of God for their sins. The image of a swift and graceful antelope falling exhausted after struggling to free itself in vain expresses the frustration and shattered hope of Zion’s children, the people of Israel, captured by Babylonian king.

However, God’s everlasting love will be shown to them. God will defend them. God will deliver them from the captor’s hand.

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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