This is the final collection of Isaiah tweets. I have found journeying through Isaiah day-by-day, tweeting a chapter a day, a refreshing and illuminating experience. I would strongly others to try this as a modern spiritual discipline. As with tweeting the Psalms it remains a challenge to work within the 140 character limit. Yet, in a way this limit is so constraining, it constantly reminds the author that the tweet is a fleeting engagement with a permanent text. The tweets vary in style and include attempts at summary, thematic pointers, prayers or simply key verses or part verses.
Idolatry is a major theme of Isaiah.
What are our modern equivalents?
What distracts us from Yahweh?
The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord.
The book hinges on this chapter.
A heady mishmash of exile, return and future hope now follow.
Tidings of comfort and joy.
No matter how much effort we put into bolstering our idols they are still made by us and prone to topple over.
The Servant of The Lord is a beautifully polyvalent poetic truth.
Judah, Jesus, Church and disciple.
I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; don’t you perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
& streams in the wasteland.
Humankind, all too often, turn creation into idols.
A day approaches when humanity and all creation acknowledge the Creator.
Gather together and come;
assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
With literal Babylon long gone, but metaphorical Babylon all around, let’s learn how to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land.
Lord, as we walk in the desert, sustain us with your river of peace;
irrigate our communities with streams of life-giving water.
Yahweh has our name engraved on the psalms of his hands.
Where is his name visible in our lives?
Servanthood and discipleship are characterised by taking up a cross.
The New Heaven and Earth will make the wonder that was Eden look like an allotment.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.
This chapter was the subject of the very first Bible Study I attended.
Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
Hungry we eat God’s Word.
Thirsty we imbibe God’s Spirit.
Hallelujah for sweet honey and living water.
Though we were foreigners you welcomed us into covenant.
Some of today’s idols are as dangerous and unpleasant as those described here.
Lord, grant us wise eyes we pray.
Lord, help us cultivate rich spiritual disciplines that deepen our care for the poor and marginalised.
Collective wrongs and identification with unjust world-views can both distance a nation from the living God.
Gates that are never closed – now that’s God’s vision.
We join Isaiah and Jesus in continuing the announcement of the year of the Lord’s favour.
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.
Mighty to save and robed in crimson.
Judgement and mercy established by the Father and the servant.
Our Father in heaven,
we are the clay,
you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
The wolf & the lamb will feed together,
& the lion will eat straw like the ox,
& dust will be the serpent’s food.
Each pilgrim builds for God – home, church, a life and community.
Each is a foretaste of Isaiah’s ultimate vision.