Isaiah Luke

Isaiah chapter 43 and the Gospel of Luke.

FE 1But now, the Master says, who created you, Jacob, and he who formed you, Israel, Do not fear; for I have saved you, I have called you by your name because you are mine. 2If you pass through the sea I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; nor will the flame kindle on you. 3For I am the Master your god, the holy one of Israel, your savior; I gave Mizraim for your sake, and Cush and Seba for you. 4Because you are precious in my sight you have been honorable and I have loved you. Therefore I have given men for your sake and peoples for your soul. 5Do not fear; for I am with you; I will bring your seed from the east, and gather you from the west; 6I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Do not keep back; bring my sons from far away, and my daughters from the ends of the land; 7even everyone who is called by my name; for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him and I have made him. Isaiah 43:1-78Bring forth the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. 9Let all the peoples be gathered as 1 and let all the peoples be gathered. Who among you can declare this and show us the former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses that they may be justified; or let them hear and say, It is truth. 10You are my witnesses, says the Master, and my servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was created, nor will there be after me. 11I, even I, am the Master; and besides me there is no savior. P Hosea 13:4 12I have declared that I have saved, and I have proclaimed that there is no foreigner among you; therefore you are my witnesses, says the Master, that I am god. 13Yes, from the 1st day I am he; and there is no one who can deliver out of my hands; what I will do, who can stop it? Isaiah 43:8-1314Thus says the Master your savior the holy one of Israel, For your sake, I have sent to Babel, and have brought back all the fugitives and the Chaldeans who glory in their ships. 15I am the Master, your holy one, the creator of Israel, your king. Isaiah 43:14-1516Thus says the Master who has made a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, 17who brings forth the chariots and horses and a mighty army that will lie down together that will not rise that is extinguished like a flickering lamp, 18Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. 19I will do a new thing; now it will spring forth and you will know it. I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20The animals of the wilderness will glorify me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert to provide drink to my people, my chosen. 21This people whom I have chosen for myself, they will drink. Isaiah 43:16-2122But you have not called me, Jacob; for I have called you, Israel. 23You have not brought me lambs of your burnt offerings; nor have you honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with request offerings, nor wearied you with demands for incense. 24You have bought me no sweet cane with honey, nor have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices; but you have burdened me with your sins, you have wearied me with your iniquities. Isaiah 43:22-2425I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and will not remember your sins any longer. 26Put me in remembrance; let us plead together; that you may be justified. 27Your 1st father has sinned, and your rulers have transgressed against me. 28Your princes have profaned the holy place, therefore I have given Jacob to the curse and Israel to disgraces. Isaiah 43:25-28 (Isaiah 43 BRB)

Isaiah says to bring forth the blind who have eyes and the deaf who have ears. This matches the way the disciples did not recognize Jesus after the resurrection.

132 of them were going on that day to a village whose name is, Emmaus, distant from Jerusalem 60 furlongs. 14They were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. Luke 24:13-1415While they were speaking and inquiring with 1 another Joshua met them and walked with them. 16The sight of their eyes was blurred so they could not recognize him. 17He said to them, What are these words that you are discussing with each other as you walk and are sad? Luke 24:15-17181 of them named, Cleopah, answered saying to him, Are you alone a foreigner from Jerusalem that you do not know what has happened in it in these days? Luke 24:1819He said to them, What things? Luke 24:19They said to him, About Joshua of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet and mighty in word and deed FA before god and before all the people. 20The high priests and the elders delivered him up to the judgment of death and they crucified him. 21We were hoping that he was going to save Israel. It is 3 days since all these things happened. 22Also, some of our women amazed us, for they were before at the house of burial 23and when his body was not found they came and said to us, We saw kings there and they said, He is alive. 24Also, some of our men went to the house of burial and they found it as the women had said, FA but they did not see him. Luke 24:19-2425Then Joshua said to them, Oh, dull minded and heavy of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. 26Did not the anointed have to suffer all these things in order to enter into his glory? 27He began from Moses and from all the prophets and interpreted to them from all the writings concerning himself. Luke 24:25-2728They drew near to the village to which they were going and he made them think that he was going to a far place, 29but they urged him and said, Remain with us, for the day is spent and it is near dark. So he entered to stay with them. Luke 24:28-2930It came to pass as he sat at the table with them he took bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to them. 31Immediately their eyes were opened and they recognized him and he was taken away from them. FA 32They said to 1 another, Were our hearts not heavy inside us when he spoke with us on the road and interpreted the writings to us? Luke 24:30-3233They rose up that very hour and turned to Jerusalem. They found the 11 gathered together and those who were with them 34saying, Truly our master has risen and has appeared to Simeon. C Mark 16:13 C Matthew 28:9 C John 20:14 35They also reported those things that happened on the road and how they knew him as he broke bread. Luke 24:33-35 (Luke 24:13-35 BRB)

Isaiah says Yahvah was not fed sweet cane with honey. This matches the disciples feeding honeycomb to Jesus.

36While they were discussing these things Joshua stood among them and said to them, Peace be with you. It is I. Do not be afraid. C Mark 16:14 Luke 24:3637They were confused and frightened. They thought they saw a spirit. 38Joshua said to them, Why do you quake? Why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I. Feel me and understand, for a spirit has no flesh and bones as you see I have. Luke 24:37-3940When he said these things he showed them his hands and his feet. 41As they still did not believe because of their joy and bewilderment he said to them, Do you have anything here to eat? 42They gave him a portion of a broiled fish and a comb of honey. 43He took it and ate before their eyes. Luke 24:40-43 (Luke 24:36-43 BRB)

Isaiah says Yahvah will blot out transgressions and not remember sin. This matches the disciples sent by Jesus to explain forgiveness of sins.

44He said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you when I was with you, that everything must be fulfilled which is written in the law of Moses and in the prophets FA and in the psalms concerning me. Luke 24:4445Then he opened their mind to understand the writings. 46He said to them, Thus it is written, and it was right, that the anointed would suffer and rise from the house of the dead on the 3rd day 47and repentance would be preached in his name FA for the forgiveness of sins among all peoples and the beginning would be from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49I will send on you the promise FA of my father, but stay in the city of Jerusalem until you are surrounded with the army from Rome. Luke 24:45-49 (Luke 24:44-49 BRB)

Isaiah equates the gathering of the disciples to the gathering of the nations. Tribally this works since the disciples map to the tribes, and the tribes became, and absorb, nations. But maybe there's an international prophetic application of this story out here somewhere in our era. Curious.

Also curious is the way something as simple as offering Jesus some food when he comes to visit is equated with giving an offering to Yahvah.