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Isaiah 22:19-23: A Peg in a Sure Spot

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

In the world’s present climate, leaders who look for security might take heed of these words from the prophet Isaiah.

The Lord will remove you from office and bring you down from your high position. (GNT)

In our federal, state and local organizations, we see those we know will fall.

I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your post. (NRSV)

In our homes and workplaces, we interact with those we know will be snatched away.

I will remove you from your office,
I will snatch you from your post. (CJB)

In our hearts and minds, we guard against becoming the corrupt who take refuge in their own comfort at the expense of those on the margins.

God is about to sack you, to throw you to the dogs. He’ll grab you by the hair, swing you round and round dizzyingly, and then let you go, sailing through the air like a ball, until you’re out of sight. (MSG)

So who will replace the corrupt leader? Who will arrive to guide and protect us?

I will fasten him firmly in place like a peg, and he will be a source of honor to his whole family. (GNT)

That leader is already among us.

I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his ancestral house. (NRSV)

That leader is already our shepherd.

I will place the key of David’s house
on his shoulder;
no one will shut what he opens;
no one will open what he shuts. (CJB)

That leader will never abandon us.

I’ll pound him like a nail into a solid wall. (MSG)

That leader is a sure peg in the solid wall of faith. On this we can hang our hope. In this we can believe and love.

When we compare these and other versions of these verses, we know that we must rely on the one sure peg of Christ’s great love that God pounds into our hearts through the indwelling of the Spirit. 

To reflect on the sturdiness of sure posts in sure beams, and to learn about the preservation of old barns built with peg and post technology, click on the image above or visit The Ohio Barn Project at: http://barnart.weebly.com/ohio-barn-project.html 

For another reflection on this blog, see Euphoria at: https://thenoontimes.com/tag/sure-peg-in-sure-spot/ 

 

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Isaiah 22Euphoria

Louvre Museum: Sennacherib relief

Louvre Museum: Sennacherib relief

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Favorite from July 4, 2009.

For the third day in a row we find ourselves in Isaiah’s prophecy and today we conclude the oracles against the pagan nations.  Interestingly, Isaiah includes Jerusalem in this litany.

Commentary tells us that here Isaiah warns against false hope – against relying on self rather than God.  Around the year 700 B.C.E. Sennacherib and the Assyrian invasion forces have been turned back from the city.  The people have mounted various defenses against the enemy and now they react with euphoria to the good turn of events.  Yet rather than rejoice in God’s loving providence that rescues and heals them for eternity, they celebrate their own skill which will not, in the end, save them from their own corruption and decadence.  They believe that their own planning, proficiency and leadership have saved them this day.  The leader Shebna is revealed for who he is: one who thinks of his own legacy and comfort at the expense of those he leads.  Eliakim is named as a loyal servant of God, a peg in a sure spot upon whom the glory of his family hangs.  Yet even this peg fixed in a sure spot shall give way, break off and fall, and the weight that hung on it shall be done away with; for the Lord has spoken.

wooden peg

Even the sure peg in the sure spot will give way, break off and fall . . .

When we survive disaster and come out the other side of a calamity intact and even renewed, we are to be joy-filled, we are to celebrate.  But today the prophet Isaiah cautions us to place our joy properly in God who saves rather than in ourselves.  We must never forget who it is who forms order out of chaos.  We must always be mindful that everything God creates is good, that God will convert harm to transformation, and that he rescues us because he loves us . . . not because he expects something from us.

We are creatures already set free, already liberated from the shackles we imagine.  When we find ourselves in bad times or with bad people, we seek intercession from God.  When we find ourselves in happy circumstances with wonderful people, we thank God who loves us beyond measure.  We return even our euphoria to the one who transforms.

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