Thursday, April 15, 2010

222: An Odd Description

Isaiah 59-63
"Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy" - Isaiah 60:5

Isaiah (the book not the guy so much) is really starting to get on my nerves. Thankfully we only have one more day left. Too much repetitive nonsense about God, not enough story, or even interesting commandments.

Chapter 59 sums up a bunch of things that you should already know at this point, if you've been paying attention to what the bible has been saying at all. If you sin, God is going to hide his face from you. If you ask for forgiveness, God will probably forgive you. Always remember to ask for forgiveness before he kills you in some gruesome manner.

Chapter 60 describes the glory of God's return to Israel. Israelite daughters will be carried around on people's shoulders and men's hearts will "throb and swell with joy". Is that the best wording they could have used? I don't think the general terms for describing a heart are "throbbing" and "swelling". Also (I'm assuming this is a metaphor), Israel will be "nursed at royal breasts". If this isn't a metaphor, it's going to be one freaky party when God returns.

In the next chapter, we again see God unfairly blessing the Israelites. Isaiah says that the aliens will work the fields of the Israelites, yet the Israelites will get a double portion of food. I'd rather not be an Israelite though. Because you know eventually God is going to get mad and destroy the Israelites again. He seems to be more forgiving of other nations' idolatry (i.e. you never hear about God destroying other nations for being heathens, not recently anyway).

Chapter 62 is a little interesting. God claims that he has promised the Israelites to never again destroy them, or give them over to their enemies. I'm anxious to see if this actually happens. God seems to find loopholes in his "I'm not going to destroy you" promises. Considering he promised not to destroy mankind again. But that leaves him perfectly open to destroying one civilization at a time. Maybe he'll just kill one Israelite at a time, instead of killing them all at once.

Most of the last chapter for today is Isaiah praying for God to send someone to lead the people of Israel. That's a little strange considering I thought Isaiah was supposed to be the person leading the Israelites. He is the prophet after all. Isaiah also complains that God is withholding his tenderness and compassion for mankind. So basically, he's praying for God to stop being a jerk.

Sorry, I've been slacking on news recently. End of the semester projects are getting the better of me. I should be back to normal news in the next couple of days. Until then, have some George Carlin.

If you hadn't seen that before, you're now a better person. Congratulations.
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