Sunday, June 19, 2011

Isaiah, Chapters 52 & 53: The uncircumcised are not allowed in Jerusalem

Chapter 52

Yup, that's right. No uncircumcised people in Jerusalem, tourist dollars be damned. God is going to free it and kick all the unclean people out, a task that he is still working on to this day.

Chapter 53

Yet again we are promised that the servant shall inherit the earth. Of course, the only people who are ever actually given names in this book are nobles. Anyway, this 'servant' excites Jerry Falwell so much that he dedicates nearly an entire page of footnotes to 12 measly verses. Why? Because they include lines like, he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (v. 5) and he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth (v. 7). Signs of a brutal society in which justice was swift and savage? No, silly! CLEARLY this chapter is a giant neon sign pointing in the direction of JESUS!

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