Saturday, October 1, 2011

Book of Isaiah 63-66 Where for art thou?

Isaiah 63-66

This book has dragged on forever.  The folks that compiled the KJV left out a lot of stuff.  Why didn't they cut Isaiah down to 20-30 chapters?

We do get some really good writing  from Isaiah at the end and he asks a really good question;
'Hey God!  Where did you go? Why don't you hang out with us like you did with Abraham and Moses?'

He asks these questions but he already knows the reason.  Israel is a collective bunch of screw-ups who can't/won't follow God's rules.  Pretty simple.

God has a good answer for him;
'I watch you continually disappointing me and I know you'll always be this way but I won't destroy you completely.  Some of you will obey and I'll be nice to you.'

He seems to indicate that he'll start again from scratch;

65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

Chapter 66 is how ALL the books of the bible should end!!!  Fire! Death! Redemption!  Every word is gold.  We get a concise explanation of what God plans to do.

Isaiah may be long-winded but he knew how to finish with a bang.

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  1. @Bruce,

    KJV left out a lot of stuff.
    I think you were trying to be funny, however just in case you weren't. The Apocrypha was in the 1611 AV. It was between the New and Old testament. The translators, as far as i have read, did not consider them inspired Scripture. Now the Apocrypha was accepted reading based on its historical value, though not accepted as Scripture by anyone outside of the Catholic church.

    As for 65:17 it's mentioned in II Peter 3:13 and Revelation 21:1
    64:4 is talked about in I Corinthians 2:9.

    Allot of this book is referenced in the NT. Like Isaiah 59:17 is in Ephesians 6:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8. I guess this book was in wide circulation. :-) It's interesting reading what the prophets wrote about future events. I know allot of people want to be around to see it fulfilled. I however, look forward to it, and then i don't (Amos 5:18-20).

  2. Or the Orthodox church or the Coptic Church so about 65% of all Christians accept the Deuterocanonical books as canonical.

    The New Testament btw also references Enoch (Jude 1:14-15). Enoch is not canonical in any church but the Ethiopian.

  3. Erp,
    Enoch is not canonical in any church but the Ethiopian.

    Is this the Enoch of Genesis 5:24 and mentioned in Hebrews 11:5 as well?

  4. Hey Bruce, you'll be leading us through the Apocrypha when we finish the NT, right? If we're going to do this, we might as well do it properly.

    After that I vote for the Epic of Gilgamesh.

  5. @Showing,

    I'm thinking of doing 4 science books for next year.
    I'll post a tentative list shortly.

  6. @Edward,
    Thanks for the info. But, who decides what writings are inspired? That sounds incredibly subjective.

  7. @Edward

    Enoch as in the Book of Enoch which is supposedly about the character in Genesis.

  8. @Bruce,

    I gave an answer to this back on Jun 9th

    Now regarding the Apocrypha there are several reasons for not accepting it. Here is a
    site with 21 reasons.