Where’s Your Galilee?

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 9:1-7 In the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea . . . Galilee of the nations. (v. 1) When Isaiah received this prophecy, the Assyrian Empire had recently destroyed the northern kingdom, reducing it to rubble. Where once proud cities stood, now there was only destruction and wasteland. The Assyrians then forcibly settled …

God Gives a Sign Anyway

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 7:10-17 Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. (vv. 13-14) Syria and Ephraim (the northern kingdom of Israel) were threatening to overrun the kingdom of Judah, and King Ahaz was shaking with fear. The prophet Isaiah told King Ahaz to ask …

A Prayer of Lament

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 6:11-13 Then I said, “How long, O LORD?” (v. 11) The Lord speaks a harsh word of judgment here. Israel will be a desolate wasteland, a burned-off stump. Isaiah could have tried to ignore it, he could have tried to explain it away, he could have tried to resist it, or he could have tried to invent a …

The Mystery of Belief

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 6:8-10 Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. (v. 9) What is going on with God’s message to Israel? Why does he tell them to look but not see? Is he being sarcastic or intentionally provoking them? Is it a sign of exasperation or resignation? Or, perhaps most disturbingly, is God …

A Burning Reminder

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 6:1-7 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. (v. 6) Isaiah confessed his sin before God, and God sent a seraph to assure Isaiah that his sins were pardoned. The seraph could have just said to Isaiah, “Your sins are forgiven,” …