Reckless abandon to one’s own methods and disdain for God’s help guarantee a headlong descent to destruction. Hezekiah’s tunnel is a parable of the ways in which our own plans, apart from God, push us to where we alone want to go. We can be like Balaam who refused to listen to his donkey block his path to evil in Numbers 22. The world adopts v. 13 as its “Verse for the day.”
The siege of Jerusalem in 701 B.C. anticipates the future destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple over a hundred years later in 589. The Book of Lamentations echoes the sounds of grief.
The messianic figure of Eliakim comes as a ray of divine energy. John uses verse 22 for the power of the risen Christ in the Book of Revelation 3:17.
Groan and grieve freely as the Spirit moves.
What are these?
Take not Your cover from me. v. 8
When You open, no one shuts. v. 22
Fastened like a peg secure v. 23
The inner weight of the Lord v. 24
This is the seventh 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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