Isaiah 58:6, 8 NIV 2011
Loose the chains of injustice and unite the cords of the yoke…
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you and the glory of the Lord will be your guard.
During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, Hebrew slaves were released. But the Israelites reclaimed them. Isaiah began his book by stating where God’s people needed to focus. Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the cause of the widow.” And yet they failed to remember his godly words. He then tempered his condemnation with comforting words of their future hope much like David’s words. Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?” Seeking the Lord leads sinners to His Light and Salvation.
The book of Isaiah falls in the middle of my old blue NIV, 1985. I loved Isaiah before the study but appreciated it more after having studied it in depth. God gave Isaiah a tough task but he graciously stepped up. God wants that same response from me daily. By looking at all the times God has been with me I’m able to move forward with Him. That’s what the Israelites failed to do and we are no different. Continually seeking the Lord this sinner’s led to His Light.
Why does the Lord save seeking sinners?
The Lord’s our Light,