Summary: The Lord is the everlasting God who will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom as He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak and offers salvation to all.
Fifth Sunday after EpiphanyB
COMFORT MY PEOPLE
Do you not know? Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these?
He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"?
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:9 The Greatness of God
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news;
lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!" Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
Amid all the bad news in the world, what are we to say? Shake our heads in dismay and despair and pronounce woes?
WHAT TO SAY Isaiah 40:1-40:8
What is a prophet, a teacher with divine insight, to say?
In essence, the first 39 chapters of Isaiah is a message saying Judgment is coming, repent.
I. JUDGMENT – LEADS TO REPENTANCE
Poets of this post modern age have been aware of judgment, and just as the prophets in the Old Testament were not popular with their kings, Presidents of the post-modern era-post WWII era such as Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon weren’t happy with words such as these from the prophets and poets of their time.
Hear again, after a 35 years John Fogerty’s lyrics. And by the way, I think he still performs, now back with his old record label that produced Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Bad Moon Rising
I see a bad moon rising I see trouble on the way I see earthquakes and lightnin’ I see bad times today