Isaiah 51: 1-6
"Listen up!" Isaiah cries to God's children in exile. Then to us the prophet shouts: "Listen up, you who are looking for God to show up and act!" "Look!" "Here!" Look to the rock from which you were hewn--Abraham and Sarah, our spiritual ancestors according to the promises of God. Older than dirt, they were alone. But look at them now--a family and a people blessing all nations to the ends of the earth. Look to God the rock who makes good on promises to bless all peoples through Abraham--bringing God's people back from exile; causing creation to bloom where once there was desolation and emptiness; giving rise to hope for the coastlands and the peoples far away, who themselves face desolation, exile, and an uncertain future. God promises to be their hope and salvation--and ours.
We look to you, Holy God, and we wait. Keep coming to us with your promises to deliver and save. Amen.
Isaiah 51: 1-6 (NRSV)
1 Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.
2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many.
3 For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4 Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples.
5 I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they hope.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be forever, and my deliverance will never be ended.