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YOU WILL GO OUT IN JOY

March 22, 2016

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You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.
— Isaiah 55:12-13 NIV

Today ends four blog posts about Isaiah 55. Have you noticed? You may want to go back and see how all these work together.

Do you know by now what Isaiah 55 is talking about? This is a vision of the Hebrew exiles in Babylon coming home. Here in particular the ending of Isaiah 55 speaks of the great joy exiles living in Babylon 70 years will have when they are released and can go back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, walls, and their worship of Yahweh.

Prayers

Yahweh, would you show us how the story of exiles is our story? 

Fasting

As you contemplate ending a fast of some kind, contemplate the joy of returning to meat, returning to coffee, returning to dessert. This is a small return, but imagine how joyful it was to return home to the familiar (maybe not to individuals but to Hebrew people) land of Israel after 70 years of exile.

Almsgiving

What if you gave someone in need a plant rather than a utility like food or clothing? What if you helped someone have joy by giving them a gift card to go out and eat or go have some fun bowling with their kids?