Friday, June 24, 2011

Isaiah, Chapters 58 & 59: The end is in sight

Chapter 58

God bitches about how his people are always asking him for things and fasting and making sacrifices to try and get his attention, but then at the end of their fasts, they're right back to their old ways of beating each other up and arguing. Sounds like a delightful society. He tells them that what he really wants them to do is free the oppressed (v. 6) and give their servants lighter tasks, then feed the hungry and give clothes to homeless people. Then he'll reward them. There are some beautiful lines that conservatives conveniently ignore in favour of those seven verses about homosexuality, like verse 10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day. Oh, and keep the Sabbath.

Chapter 59

The reason why god never answers your prayers is that you're bad. That's not in danger of becoming tautological at all. You're so bad that you hatch cockatrice (picture a mini dragon with the head of a rooster) eggs whilst spinning spider webs. If you eat the eggs, you'll die, but if you break them, vipers will hatch. There are no instructions about what to actually do with these scary, dangerous eggs. These people are not only bad, they're useless, you can't even use the spider webs for weaving.

Anyway, we don't get good things because of these bad people because god had to go out and defend the oppressed himself.

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