- 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 57
Chapter 57 is the oracle against idolatry of people (1-13), and poem of consolation (14-21). It begins with a comment on the fate of the righteous victims by their indulgent religious leaders. Their death is comforted in peace.
An oracle is against those who walked wickedness, and idolatry. “But you,” (v3) indicates Jerusalem’s illegitimate children who abuse the righteous, legitimate children. The wickedness is illustrated in cult worship. Sexual immorality is characteristic of these cult and idolatry. “Molech,” is a god of Ammonite.
God is patient for his people and calls for them to return to God who comforts for the contrite.
God is distant and near. Israel continued to sin despite repeated wrath and punishment of God. Yet God will heal Israel by an act of mercy and grace when she repents. But the wicked will have no peace nor rest.
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?