Isaiah envisions the fall of Babylon, the city called “The Wilderness of the Sea.” In 703 B.C., Sennacherib of Assyria takes the city. Isaiah experiences within, the terror of Jerusalem as the thought, “You’re next” brings pain to God’s people as of a woman in labor.
Is there anyone or any circumstance coming against you that is frightening you? Isaiah describers the crippling power of fear. Just as he identifies with the fear of Jerusalem, so can this chapter serve to have the fears in your life come to the surface so that you can face them, releasing them to the Lord who has ultimate power against all the “bullies”in your life.
Are there persons in your life who are being frightened? Perhaps the Lord will have you intercede for them by experiencing their fear, just as Isaiah stands in for Jerusalem and its terror, until God’s saving power enters in.
What are these?
Deliver me, Lord, from fear
Always standing at my post v. 8
Giving drink to the thirsty v. 14
Glory of the world passing v. 16
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.
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