Deeper and more important…

Restoration to the land is really not the principal issue – restoration to the loving glance of God is. Restoration to the land is nothing without restoration to the presence of God…

Livin' in the foothills

Alec Motyer on Isaiah 54:8…

With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.

Those are all expressions of something deeper and more important: the absence of the presence and favor of God. Those things happened to Israel and Judah because God refused to look at them, and that is what this part of the book (49-55) is about. Restoration to the land is really not the principal issue – restoration to the loving glance of God is. Restoration to the land is nothing without restoration to the presence of God, and it is the sacrifice of ch. 53 that makes the latter, more important restoration possible. That sacrifice was the ultimate expression of the eternal love of God; thus it is not an accident that the Lord is called the

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