- 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 59
Prophet Isaiah called for national repentance, and prophesized how God would deliver them.
The people of Israel in exile blamed God for suffering they experienced, accusing God of being too weak to save them and too deaf to hear their crying. God responded to them that their suffering was due to their own iniquities.
Prophet Isaiah spoke against their sins, personal, communal, and national. There was no justice, no righteousness among them. “So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.” (v14). He called for repentance.
It is human sinfulness as King David lamented, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5). And Apostle Paul puts universal sinfulness this way, “ All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:22)
Prophet Isaiah prophesied that God himself would intervene with every means at his command. God would bring judgement upon all enemies to redeem repentant Israel, an oracle for Israel of assuring her of the abiding presence of God’s spirit and words.
It is Messianic prophecy for God himself as Redeemer by his justice and righteousness. This prophecy of redeemer was fulfilled in Jesus Christ as he himself revealed, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18)
Justice of God for universal sinfulness is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul puts it this way, “all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23)
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?