Isaiah 52

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 52

Overview

Response to the restoration of God.

Chapter 52 continues to call Israel people in exile to wake up and rise from the dust, followed by a salvation oracle. The oracle is composed of three parts.

Cleansing — “uncircumcised and unclean,” refers to foreigners and ritually unclean Jews. It calls for repentance, returning from idols, leave from enslaved spirit in the foreign land, Babylonia. All ritually clean, people and priests will return home.

Proclamation —- “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. peace… good tidings … proclaim salvation,” is the prophecy of Israel’s returning from exile. God will not allow himself to be condemned by his people’s oppressor, Egypt, Assyria, or Babylon. All creation awaits word of God’s decisive victory. Watchmen’s call is to proclaim the victory of the Lord.

Messianic prophecy — Verses13-15 is the fourth Servant Song.  God will exalt disfigured servant, referring Israel, to the rulers of the world.  The image of this servant is realized in Jesus later, who is the suffering servant for all. “the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28).

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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