Students will be able to pick out both the "burdens" in Isaiah's message and the things that make that burden worth bearing.
Text of Learning Exercise:
HISTORY NEWS SHOW THE GOOD NEWSAND THE BAD NEWS
Suppose that, in addition to all the other evils of their society, the people of Judah had added television. Put together a television news show or documentary that features the prophet Isaiah and/or his teaching.
Focus on both the good news and bad news in Isaiahs message. You may include news, sports, weather, commercials, interviews, etc.
· Has to criticize peoples religious ceremonies (1:11-15). God hates their festivals! · Sees mistreatment of poor (1:16-18)--has to tell people what true religion is! Wed much rather have the ceremonies! · Sees justice turned to injustice (end of Chapter 1) · Message supposed to be for all nations, not just Jews (2:1-3) · Contrast between material prosperity and religious harlotry (2:7-8) · Children are their oppressors and women rule over them (3:12) · Ingratitude (Chapter 5--my beloveds vineyard) · Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil · Vision itself (Chapter 6) Woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips. And note--he is told people wont listen--that their hearts are going to be hard.
· Isaiah 40 (Comfort ye my people/vs. 31, They that wait upon the Lord). · Isaiah 42 (Behold my servant...bring forth judgment to gentiles). · Isaiah 45 (Cyrus,
God's anointed) · Isaiah 51: 11 "Therefore the redeemed..." · Isaiah 52:15 God's servant marred... · Isaiah 53: suffering servant · Isaiah 55: Ho every one that thirsteth.. · Isaiah 59: 15, no intercessor: so Lord himself intervenes · Isaiah 60: Arise, shine for the light is come..." · Isaiah 61: "Spirit of the Lord is upon me..." · Isaiah 65:17/66:22-24 "New heavens and new earth."