Posted on Sat, Mar 26, 2011
March 26, 2011 Virginia Laumeister
16th Day of Lent Isaiah 58 1-12
According to WORD BIBLICAL COMMENTARY, this passage was written about 500 years before Christ. “The scene is set on heaven’s balcony with Yahweh, Heavens, Earth, and a herald. On the lower stage Jerusalemites gather.” The Jerusalemites are discussing fasting and Yahweh seems to counter with more important actions: freeing the enslaved, feeding and clothing the oppressed. Words are addressed also to the Persian emperor and others in authority. If Yahweh’s words are observed, the hearer and doer will be rewarded: “and you will be like a watered garden and like spring water where waters never fail.”
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