Wednesday 27 November 2013

Bible Book:

"Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (v. 31)

Isaiah 40:27 - 41:7 Wednesday 27 November 2013


In the previous verses the exiled Jews were reminded thatGod had not forgotten them, had forgiven them and was offering themthe hope of a return home, preparing a way for them through thewilderness. Today Isaiah reminds his readers why they should placetheir trust in God: the God of Israel is the creator of the world(verse 28) and has no equal (verse 25).

For a people who have been held captive by the most powerfulcountry in the region it would have been natural to conclude thatthe gods of Babylon were more powerful than the God of Israel.Terrestrial battles were not only won or lost on visiblebattlefields, but also through the heavenly battles between gods.And whilst the Jews had a long history of recognising thesuperiority of the God of Israel, they did not discount thepresence of other gods who favoured other peoples.

It is only in the Babylonian exile that a more explicit monotheism(the belief that there is only one God) starts to emerge.Previously they understood that the God of Israel had chosen themand was far more powerful than other gods such as Baal (1 Kings18). Now, and throughout the coming chapters, the prophet makesit clear that there is only one God. No one and nothing can comparewith him.

If the exiles have any doubt at all they should turn to theeverlasting God who created the ends of the earth (verse 28). Theymay still feel weak and powerless, but God will give them thenecessary strength to overcome any challenge. Whilst they currentlymay be physically constrained in a foreign land, if they put theirtrust in God they will be able to fly freely and with power like aneagle. Earthly rulers will not be able to prevent this.

To Ponder

  • Look out at the world around you. Consider God, the creator ofthe world, and give thanks.
  • Think about times when you have felt weak or powerless tochange things and then imagine God lifting you up like an eagle.How does it feel?
  • We can feel helpless when faced with huge issues such asclimate change. How does this reading give us hope that we can makea difference?


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