e martë, 13 nëntor 2007

Isaiah: Observation (John 12:37-41)

John 12:37-41
Who Has Believed Our Report?
37 But although He [Jesus] had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,
38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
“Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” [Isaiah 53:1]
39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.” [Isaiah 6:10]
41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

Journal: As we read the words of Isaiah, we acknowledge that the words of the prophet were inspired by God Himself. But, there is even more here. Isaiah actually was a witness to the glory of Christ and "spoke of Him." There must have been a great wonder in Isaiah as God revealed the coming savior, the sacrificial lamb of the children of God. He would have been exceedingly thankful as God revealed to him the identity of His Son that would come some 600 years later, while at the same time revealing to him that many that would be in the actual presence of Christ would be blind to His identity. Similarly, it is with a thankful heart that the children of God praise God for allowing us to overcome our own blindness and hardness of heart, and to recognize that salvation has come through Christ. We can "believe the report" of John and Isaiah because God has inserted this good news within our heart. Thus, we too can "[see] His glory and [speak] of Him."

Heard 'Round the House:
Our home school celebrated history, president's day (though it was Veteran's Day), and classical literature in one enlightened exchange yesterday between Anna (age 7) and Jill (I insert Jill's email to me below):

Anna, for reason unknown to all but she and God, started telling me everyone's new names. I am Higgins, she is Hannah, Vera is Higginstein, and then she said Luke is Frankestein. I asked her if she knew who Frankenstein was, thinking I would have to tell her the he was the creator of Frankenstein's monster. Instead, she answered, "one of our Presidents."

I think home schooling is going well, don't you . . .