Evil, judgement and a promised redeemer.
The evil is portrayed with spider web analogies, a web of lies, a bunch of baby eggs hatching more nasties. It describes people using the justice and political systems corruptly.
They are far from God and in darkness, groping at walls they are so blind, and howling like animals when things go wrong.
Isaiah is quite consistently one of the most Bolshie books. As in, evil is seen as government and abuse of wealth.
Then judgement is described as a scream of justice by God. And it is personalised as the poetic phrases pile on, so it comes into focus as a person.
Then the text breaks into prose to promise the Holy Spirit will be forever with Zion.
Zion which a couple of chapters ago was to include all nations and be a gathering of outcasts.
It’s certainly a powerful encouragement not to join the sliminess and self serving power games that are always on display in this world. God will reward the pure of heart in the long run.
And I feel this sort of survey of the final themes of Isaiah in its last chapters is reaching its mid point with the appearance of God’s salvation in personified form.
We’ve had, in:
- 56 the salvation message extended to all nations,
- 57 warning against idolatry,
- 58 call to a life of servanthood,
- 59 description of corruption & judgement by a redeemer who promises the holy spirit to Zion