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A poignant plea from the people of Israel for God to not forget them even though they are covered in sin and didn't pray to him because he'd disappeared.

Well, isn't that nice of God: there are only a few people who've been disobeying so he won't destroy the whole nation just to punish those few.

God will stop the deaths of babies and living to 100 will be the norm, of course human medical advancements, improved health care, better nutrition and waste management couldn't possibly explain those things. Also, didn't the people in the earlier bible stories all live for 100s of years?

God is planning to send missionaries out to all the places that haven't heard of him - because while he seems to be able to communicate directly with Israel to convince them to worship him, he needs them to spread his message for him to everyone else.

Everyone who rebels against him will end up part of a massive pile of corpses, which is a lovely image to end Isaiah on...
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59 seems to be saying that obedience to God is the opposite of immorality, or that you are either godly or evil. The world is not that black and white.

God promises to be the only light Israel needs, a permanent light that replaces the sun and moon and promises they will possess their land forever.

The whole world will see how great life is in Israel and realise they were right about which God to worship. But they need to keep praying to him so he doesn't rest until he's made Jerusalem a great place to live, he obviously has no no self motivation.

God likens the slaughter of nations to stomping grapes in a vat, I guess if you made the whole universe then the people would seem as insignificant as grapes to you.
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God is promising to not be angry anymore, in the same way he promised to never flood the earth again.

God has better plans and thoughts than humans, he makes superior plans that we surely can't question.

OK, now God is saying that people who aren't part of Israel can also willingly obey and get the same rewards as Israel.

God is unimpressed with people who fast to get his attention when they still have slaves and ignore homeless people. So, until they clothe and feed the poor God won't appease them.
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God's chosen man feels that his work to spread God's work is in vain but he knows that he'll get a reward from God in the end.

God is as attached to Israel with the same strength as a mother is to her infant, but stronger because a mother might actually abandon her child and God would never forget Israel because he's written their names on his hand (which is why Sarah Palin though she was so godly for that)

God is an attention seeking, emotionally insecure deity, and that is particularly shown in chapter 50. He is upset that Israel abandoned him despite his apparent power.

God is the chosen man's alarm clock.

The chosen man will become so disfigured he will no longer look human and will scare people into following God.

God was physically hurt by Israel's rebellion, or so he says, classic attention seeking behaviour.

I'm a little behind and trying to catch up today, so apologies in advance for a sudden rush of posts.
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We are not supposed to question our 'creator', because it's like a clay pot criticising the potter or a child telling his father and mother that they did a bad job making them. Another reason religion is bad, there is a definite hostility toward questioning, but curiosity is the foundation of human advancement, without it we'd still be living in caves banging rocks together.

God keeps proclaiming that he created everything and that he will do all these amazing things, why doesn't he provide the evidence he demanded of the other gods earlier and get on with doing great things and ending war and whatever else.

And he'll destroy Babylon for not being nice to Israel when he gave them into slavery, God has a twisted idea of justice.

So, as far as I can figure, God predicted a bunch of stuff, which would have happened if they'd obeyed him, but now he's predicting new things and all this is proof of his existence. I might as well tell someone I'll give them £1million if they did everything I told them and then when they did one little thing wrong not give them any money, the offer of money isn't proof of its existence.
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The man that God has chosen to spread the word will not publicize himself or shout in the street (so all those street preachers and self publicising pastors are definitely not chosen)

Because God chose Israel and they are special, he's going to sacrifice other nations for the sins of Israel. I'm not sure why anyone has to die for these sins, but why a bunch of people who weren't lucky enough to be chosen.

Ah, so that's why people walk through fire to show their faith, because God said that the people of Israel could walk through fire and not be burned.

Wait, is God supposed to have only made the people of Israel and none of the other people on earth? He calls them the people he created for his glory and says they belong to him, this would sort of make more sense of why he picks on Israel. Aside from the fact that when a people creates a god to worship they'll obviously say that they are chosen and special to him and that when terrible things happen to them they'll put it down to annoying that god.

Also you would say bad things about the gods of other people to make your own god seem better by comparison, but then when you claim every natural phenomenon as being caused by your god there isn't much left for their gods to do.
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A messenger from the King of Assyria tells King Hezekiah and the rest Jerusalem that they can not trust anyone, not the Egyptians or God. He tells them that Hezekiah is misleading them when he says that the Lord will protect them. No Gods of any nations have protected them from the might of Assyria.

But these other Gods were made by men so that's why they didn't protect them (superiority complex much?). God sends an angel to kill 185,00 Assyrian troops, that showed them I guess.

I feel like I've read some of this before, a king who's dying is told he'll live 15 more years and won't believe it until he sees the sun goes backwards in the sky. An event that has never and will never happen, things like this help confirm that these are all merely stories.

Isaiah warns the king that showing the messengers from Babylon who brought get well soon gifts all around his treasure house and armoury was a bad idea because one day all those things will belong to Babylon.

In comparison to God all people, nations and kings are like insignificant grasshoppers. I guess I can get behind that sentiment, as the Earth and all life on it is a tiny insignificant part of the whole universe. However, telling people that your God makes them insignificant doesn't really help with the whole getting people to follow you thing, so we have some stuff about God helping tired and weary people carry on (because it could never be their own inner strength that they draw on of course)

OK that's rich, God is calling out the people of other nations who worship other Gods to produce evidence, he wants proof that any prophecies were fulfilled and them to do some kind of big act to show their existence. Like there is so much proof of the God of the bible.
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You can't trust in the Egyptians because they are mere humans, seriously stop with the hating of people! God will strike down the Egyptians who are helping his people and his people will be struck down too, these threats just go on and on, is this really the best way to get a people to follow you.

Following on from promising destruction and failed crops, it is promised that eventually there will be peace, security, safety, and quiet, and the desert will become an orchard. Eventually is yet to happen it seems. What takes God so long?

This book is starting to follow a pattern, bad stuff is going to happen and then it'll all be great, don't forget all this bad stuff, it'll get better though, ad nauseum

The SAB made me laugh with one annotation, apparently the verse that mentions a holy highway in Isaiah 35 has led certain Christians to believe that the Interstate 35 (looks like it just about splits the US in half) is some kind of holy road that only the righteous can use or cross, thanks for that laugh!
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God wants to teach the youngest possible children, because otherwise noone will understand God's message as it will sound like gibberish, I guess he has to teach you his language at a young age to ensure you'll understand it later (aka Brainwashing 101).

Apparently we learned how to farm properly from God, of course no human society could ever have worked that one out...

Clay pots can't say they weren't made by the potter, so humans can't say they weren't made, wait I think there's a few flaws in that logical leap.

God doesn't like it when his people make plans without him, like going to Egypt for protection, terrible things happen to you for not trusting in him. Sounds to me that he doesn't really deserve trust, and threat of disproportionate punishment isn't a good reason to trust or follow someone.
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God is a pimp! This country Tyre will be destroyed and forgotten for a long time and then will start to sell her services to the world again, but everything she makes will go to God.

The people of Earth deserve merciless destruction for not following God's laws and breaking the covenant, things that most of the people of Earth couldn't possibly have known about or agreed to.

God will command an army of zombie believers to punish the unbelievers, wicked people and people who just don't understand. And he will battle a sea monster with his big sword.
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More lands that God will judge, and some will begin to worship him because they will realise the truth amongst the destruction. A prediction that Egypt, Assyria and Israel will become allies in their joint worship, don't think that's happening.

God tells Isaiah to spend three years nearly naked to understand what it was like for the Israelites who were captive in Egypt.
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God will judge (destroy) Babylon (and Moab, and Damascus), and on the day of judgement the world will be destroyed, and the stars, sun and moon will be put out. Looking around I don't think that has happened. But the people of Israel will be looked upon kindly (well, the few who are left) and encouraged to mock the king of the destroyed Babylon for his defeat.

Isaiah 9-12

Sep. 6th, 2010 10:26 pm
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God seems to be switching between being nice to Israel and destroying them here, more nasty consequences for not following him. Or for not being nice to the poor or trying to swindle widows and orphans.

A man will be born who has the Lord's spirit on him, he will be so righteous that even predatory animals will mend their ways and go vegetarian in submission to God. This man will be such an inspiration that all of God's scattered people will return to the land and take it over, oppressing the other people there. I guess that being oppressed makes you want to do it back to others.

They will then be so happy they will want to joyfully tell everyone about how God stopped being angry with them.

Isaiah 5-8

Sep. 5th, 2010 09:05 pm
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The start of 5 reminds me of something one of my commenters said about how you would treat apple trees that don't produce fruit, as a metaphor for God dealing with disobedient humans with a flood (which I felt was a very twisted form of morality). Here we have a vineyard that produces bad grapes as a metaphor for the people of Israel. God will turn his vineyard into wasteland for not bearing the right fruit and he does not know what more he can do for the disobedient people of Jerusalem and Judah, so you can imagine what is supposed to happen to them next.

Isaiah meets some six winged angels who clean his sins away and seem to be telling him to make sure his people can't repent or be healed, but the longest footnote ever tells me that this is an ironic command because these people weren't showing any inclination toward being saved so preaching at them is only going to drive them further away anyway, therefore it doesn't matter what Isaiah tells them. And so we learn that God can do sarcasm.

Some predictions about the demise of certain nations and the birth of a child who will know the consequences of sin and the difference between good and evil as he will grow up with very little to eat apart from milk and honey due to the destruction of the land through war and natural disasters.

Isaiah wrote down everything God predicted so when the prophecies are fulfilled he can produce them as proof of God's power over his people.

Isaiah 1-4

Sep. 4th, 2010 06:41 pm
wolfpurplemoon: a woman with long red hair wearing glasses and a deadpool t-shirt (wolfbiblemoon)
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Apparently this book is the vision of a guy called Isaiah, I'm guessing he's a prophet?

God is back and he's pissed with his people for turning away from him. And he doesn't want those animal sacrifices any more that were apparently so very important in Leviticus. Make up your mind!

The holy land will one day be the place that the people of the world will stream to for moral instruction and it will inspire peace amongst all people, I think we're still waiting for that one. But also all the people who don't follow the lord will face his dreadful and terrifying judgement, again, doesn't seem to be happening.

2:22 says we shouldn't trust humans or give them special consideration, so get lock yourself in your underground bunker and see how long you manage without trusting or relying on a single other human being.

God is going to leave the people of Judah and Jerusalem to their fate, and lots of nasty things will happen to them when he does.

Those who remain after all these horrible events will be holy (survival of the fittest?) and will get to live under that mystical cloud that hangs around the mountain and glows at night. They will also be protected from the rain and heat by a tent.

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