Thursday, March 10, 2011

40-Day Bible-reading Challenge: Day 1

"A voice of one crying out:
Prepare the way of the LORD in the wilderness;
make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
Every valley will be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill will be leveled;
the uneven ground will become smooth
and the rough places, a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will appear,
and all humanity together will see it,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

~ Isaiah 40:3-5, HCSB ~

When I've read this passage before, I've read it through the lens of what Jesus did and what He will do when He returns: that He would be the one filling in the valleys and bringing down all the heights. But what if there's another way to read those sentences?

Prepare and make -- those are commands. To whom? Who is the voice who cries out? Isn't this a foreshadowing of John the Baptist?

Perhaps the passage speaks of His coming again, when He will set His feet upon Jerusalem, trembling the earth.

So... what sort of way are we to be preparing? Is it in our own hearts?

I have to ponder on this some more.


Sewconsult said...

Just reading this scripture has me singing the portion of the Messiah Can you hear me now?

Scripturally, it speaks to me that WE are to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. Not only in our hearts, but in our daily lives, because we know NOT the time.
p.s. Would you buy me the Vocal/piano book of the Messiah from the bookstore for Mother's Day? (as in the arrangement for church choirs)

Elena said...

{reposting my comment -- I had forgotten to finish some thoughts!) Yep, that's basically what the commentator Matthew Henry said. I read all those good thoughts from him before really giving myself time to let the Scripture roll around in my mouth (brain) a while. Phooey! But yet good to know that I was sorta on the right track. Mr. Henry had an interesting take on the valleys and the hills -- he said that that part was an extension of the preparing, in us: the despondent (valley) should look forward to Jesus' coming and should build up hope; the prideful (hills & mountains) should humble themselves. The passage makes much more sense to me now.

And yes, I was hearing an operatic lady voice in my head when I typed that Scripture. =)

I'll check the bookstore for a good piano book for ya. =D