Rise of the Day Star, Part 4

Isaac Serrano
Nov 26, 2017
Isaiah 42
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Though not used heavily in Isaiah, there is a theme in much of scripture about the direction “east.” When Adam and Eve are cast out (exiled) from the Garden, they are sent to the east, cherubim and flashing sword guarding the way back to the Tree of Life. Cain, after killing his brother Abel, is exiled to Nod, east of Eden. When Abraham and Lot separate, Lot journeys eastward eventually settling in the area of Sodom and Gomorrah. The tabernacle and temple entrances face the east, so moving from east to west brings one closer to YHWH’s presence. And when Israel is exiled by Assyria and Babylon, they are exiled to the east. This does not mean that “east is bad,” but this theme carries over into several images throughout the Bible. The True King of Israel will come to save His people, He will go to them in their exile to bring them back. But, the question is what will He do? How will He punish the enemies of His people? (Remember, God has used Israel’s enemies to chasten His own people.) What will He do with His chosen people that have become part of the cosmic problem? Isaiah 52:7 speaks of “how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news” but what is that news? 1Text

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Isaac Serrano is Lead Teaching Pastor of South Valley Community Church. He likes talking theology, history, and culture. Isaac lives in Gilroy with his family. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project and the school board of Pacific Point Christian Schools.

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