Character in Context
Episode 49: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 13–The Servant Speaks Again!

Episode 49: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 13–The Servant Speaks Again!

February 28, 2020

This week we cover the third Servant Song, where the mysterious Servant of Yahweh further sets himself apart from the nation of Israel and we begin to see the legal persecution of the Servant by the ba’al mishpati. We will also explore the preamble to the second Zion song and its connection to The Great Scroll of Isaiah, 1QIs-a and see how the Qumran community taught it as sort of an extra Servant Song.

Episode 48: Isaiah and the Messiah 12–The First Zion Song (Is 49:14-50:3)

Episode 48: Isaiah and the Messiah 12–The First Zion Song (Is 49:14-50:3)

February 21, 2020

In light of the marvelous deliverance promised in last week's segment, through the work of the Servant, we would think that Jerusalem would respond with joy and song and exultation! We would be wrong.

Episode 47: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 11: The Servant Speaks! The Second Servant Song.

Episode 47: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 11: The Servant Speaks! The Second Servant Song.

February 14, 2020

The first Servant Song, Is 42:1-9, was fairly vague when it comes to identifying the Servant and His mission, but this week we will be going through the second song verse by verse. The Servant, in the first half, speaks about Himself and what He has been commissioned to do. Then Yahweh responds to the Servant and the earth rejoices.

Episode 46: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 10: Shema Israel–No Peace For The Wicked

Episode 46: Isaiah and the Messiah Part 10: Shema Israel–No Peace For The Wicked

February 7, 2020

Isaiah 48 is very much a downer. Israel is repeatedly confronted with the word "shema" which means to both hear and obey--and then they are outright told that they have never heard and never obeyed. Yahweh delivers a very potent warning for those exilic Jews who are going to refuse to leave Babylon when Cyrus sets them free, and it's really easy to point our fingers and shake our heads but--how are we, all of us, still comfortably residing in Babylon when we have been called to be elsewhere?

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