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Bible Study - December 2019
In Advent, we patiently look for God With Us, and in our services we traditionally read the beautiful, almost musical, words of Isaiah, who invites us to imagine a new kind of world order, both strange and wonderful, so different from what we see in our own lives. Isaiah and the other prophets are read in this season because our tradition can’t help but see these images anticipating the message preached by Jesus.
I think it’s wise for Christians to read the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) through the lens of Jesus’ life and teachings. And I also think this can be taken too far when more literalist readers take the words of the Prophets and only see them as predictions. Prophets aren’t psychics. They’re poets speaking truth to the peoples and powers in their own society with a message so real it can still speak to the generations who come after.
In our December Bible Study, I not only want to savor the remarkable imagery in the book of Isaiah, but I also want to let Isaiah speak for himself and in his own context. Rather than marvel at how uncanny it was for him to foresee the coming of Jesus, let’s listen closely to Isaiah’s own message for our hearts today and always. I hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday December 11, at 11:30 am, in the Common Room.