Tuesday, December 14, 2010

turns out, the Bible is awesome

Check out this verse from Isaiah (9:5):

"For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire."

It seems that the Bible has entered the fray and all of the sudden became weirdly political, apocalyptic, and freaky.  So what the heck is going on?

In a strange sort of way, this prophecy from Isaiah is actually meant to offer consolation and hope.  The Israelites were suffering oppression and occupation at the hands of the Assyrians.  The great hope was that a new king would be coronated to free the Israelites from darkness and tyranny.

Of course, as Christians, we see this prophecy in the long view.  Jesus Christ has been born for us, and all authority rests on his shoulders.  His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

Is Jesus burning blood-soaked garments in the fire?  Well, no actually.  Because it was his own garments that became covered with blood in his all-loving sacrifice for the salvation of the world.

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