Plan and meta plan. Disaster and recovery.
You think you have it bad, you forget God
Then God acts, and you wish you had it bad like you had it before, because now you realise you are on the wrong side of the universe.
And in that broken state, grace and mercy glimmer and become possible.
So it starts talking about a siege of Jerusalem, and then all the seiges.
Then how blind they are that they can’t see it is all God’s judgement.
He uses metaphors of double incomprehension.
So he says their concern about the seiges is like a hungry man dreaming of eating, and when they realise it’s God’s judgement will be like them waking up and realising they actually are hungry.
God’s truth is like a sealed book to them, and when the seal is broken they realise they can’t read.
I think this is written during the time of Hezekiah, which was like a pause before the final fall of Jerusalem. They use the time to practically prepare for the seige, like making a better water supply.
Isaiah’s message is that they desperately need to view their problems as spiritual. He describes their preparations as like clay saying to the potter “I’m the boss!” All the literal fortifications in the world won’t stop God.
It’s like a Matrix moment, they need to wake up from their dream of a life to realise they have no life, and only then can they start to learn what life is and start to find their way back.
Our pastor was taking about telling people about God this week, a subject that puts fear in my heart. I am the world’s least confronting person. It’s why I wrote this blog, all the things I find hard to say to my friends, to my family even. Maybe I need to see myself as cool like Morpheus in the matrix.
“Take the red pill.”