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Day Six : 3rd December

Kneeler Six

Isaiah 5:16
But the Lord of hosts is exalted by justice,
and the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness. Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
and I will not forsake them.

from Brueggemann (2)

just a bit from page 42 referring to chapter 42: 1,3,4

'There is work to be done and Israel is to do it! In these verses, the term "justice" is sounded three times. The characteristic notion of justice, rooted in Mosaic tradition and explicated in prophetic utterance is the reordering of social life and social power so that the weak (widows and orphans) may live a life of dignity, security and well-being. … the exilic community as servant is despatched by Yahweh to reorder social relations for the sake of the vulnerable.'

p 47 on 42:16
'The phrase is a claim of power. But the power of the first line is matched in the second line by an assertion of fidelity. Israel in exile has the sense that Yahweh has abandoned them. … Here is a resolve of the powerful God of Israel. No member of the covenant community is forgotten. All will be rescued.'