I’m telling you the results of my lectio divina on these passages from Isaiah just as if they took about 5 minutes to get … but the thing is, I was reading and reflecting and talking to Jesus about them over several days.
My mindset these days, with regard to Jesus, the Bible, everything really, is that it’s all about love. Because God is Love, and it’s all about God. If A=B and B=C then A=C and all that.
So discovering, even in these kind of blistering passages in Isaiah 30:1-17 and all of Isaiah 31 that it’s really, still all about love was wonderful! But it was still kinda grueling to read the passages again and again, as you do in lectio divina.
Kinda grueling — but you know, it was part of the YouVersion Bible reading plan “Draw Me Nearer,” so I was reading it on my phone, and it was real easy to switch between versions. I even went to The Message Bible in hopes there would be a softer, more loving translation. But really there wasn’t.
When I finally finished with these passages, I moved on to the next passage in the plan, and it was back to Isaiah 30 for verses 18-22! I was exasperated and told Jesus, “Look I really don’t think this is drawing me nearer to you!”
He seemed to be saying, “Even after everything I revealed to you about it?” I thought about it, and agreed, there had been some good stuff, some surprises. And I felt like He said, “Well, read on then. Maybe there will be something in this next bit …”
So I hit the link, and The Message Bible passage said this …
18 But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you.
He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything.
Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.
19-22 Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he’ll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he’ll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.” You’ll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You’ll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, “Good riddance!”
Ha! Very funny Jesus! Maybe there will be something in this next bit … Ya think? It was like plunging into a nice, cool, refreshing ocean to read, “Grace, grace and more grace.” Or “Those who wait around for Him are the lucky ones.”
Oh, yes! There was something in that next bit! Love, love, love. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, I love you, I love you, I love you!