This Tuesday, we are concluding our study of Isaiah’s Book of Consolation and will be reading through Isaiah 52-55 with an emphasis on the Fourth Suffering Servant Song of Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (which hopefully you will recognize as our Good Friday reading). Attached is Christopher North’s commentary on this Fourth Servant Song from his book The Suffering Servant – An Historical and Critical Study. pp.147-55. After the final Suffering Servant Song, Isaiah gives us a foretaste of Easter morning with a beautiful Song of Peace and Assurance. Isa. 54. It is here that God, through the prophet, proclaims that “my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed.” v.10. Reconciliation between God and his people has occurred. v.7. We will end our study with Isaiah’s Song of Joy and Triumph. Isa. 55. Restoration is imminent, with a celebratory banquet prepared by God himself. v.1-2. The promise is a new Exodus out of Exile into a new Eden. v.12-13. This is the culmination of the prophetic vision and consolation and hope to a people who believe themselves abandoned and separated from their God.
SCHEDULE: Tuesday-week is our Seder Dinner. Reservations are required. Please sign up on Tuesday night or reply email to me.
Dinner is at 6. The menu is Cheeseburgers. Discussion about 6:45. Hope to see you here.
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;Isaiah 55:1, John 7:38
And he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink.