Go up to the Mountain

Click here to edit subtitle

                     JEREMIAH AND ISAIAH

Truth to those who trust in God  for their families
 ( key points from Isaiah )


ISAIAH 49:24-26

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty,
Or the captives of the righteous[a] be delivered?

25 But thus says the Lord:

“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.


ISAIAH  50:8

8 The one who will declare me innocent is near. Who will argue with me? Let’s stand up together.
Who will bring judgement against me?  Let him approach me.


ISAIAH 40-45  (KEY parts )

 

Comfort..my people!.. her compulsory service has ended,

Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God

Here is the LORD God,  coming with strength,  with a triumphant arm ..   he will gather lambs in his arms and lift them onto his lap.

He will gently guide  those with young (children) Who directed the LORD’s spirit  and acted as God’s advisor? God makes dignitaries useless and the earth’s judges into nothing. His understanding is beyond human reach, giving power to the tired and reviving the exhausted. Youths will become tired and weary,  young men will certainly stumble; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength;   they will fly up on wings like eagles;  they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary. Be quiet before me, coast lands. Let them approach and speak. Let’s draw near for a judgement. Each helps the other, each saying to the other, “Take courage!”I chose you and didn’t reject you”: Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you,  I will surely help you;  I will hold you with my righteous strong hand. All who rage against you will be shamed and disgraced.  Those who contend with you  will be as nothing and will perish. You will look for your opponents, and won’t find them.  I am the LORD your God,  who grasps your strong hand, who says to you,  Don’t fear; I will help you. Don’t fear, I will help you, says the LORD. Look, I’ve made you   into a new threshing tool  with sharp teeth.

You will thresh mountains and pulverize them;    you will reduce hills to straw.  When you winnow them,  the wind will carry them off;   the tempest will scatter them.
Present your case, says the LORD.Bring forward your evidence, Let the idols approach and tell us what will happen.

The prior things—what are they?

Announce them,    and we’ll think about them and know their significance.He tramples governors like mud, as a potter treads clay.

Look, all of them are frauds;  their deeds amount to nothing;   their images are a total delusion.

I, the LORD, have called you for a good reason.  I will grasp your hand and guard you..open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison, and those who sit in darkness  from the dungeon.

I am the LORD;   that is my name;   I don’t hand out my glory to others  or my praise to idols.
I’ve kept still for a very long time.

 I’ve been silent  and restrained myself. I will make the blind walk a road they don’t know, and I will guide them  in paths they don’t know. But I will make darkness before them into light   and rough places into level ground. These things I will do. They  have become plunder with no one to rescue,  loot with no one to say,   “Give it back"

Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when through the rivers,  they won’t sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire, you won’t be scorched  and flame won’t burn you.I give people in your place, and nations in exchange for your life.Don’t fear, I am with you. From the east I’ll bring your children;  from the west I’ll gather you. I’ll say to the north,

“Give them back!” and to the south, “Don’t detain them.”


Isaiah 59:19b
"When the Enemy comes in like a flood,
the Spirit of God will raise a standard against him!"


DAWN and JEREMIAH

"And at DAWN Jesus came again to the Temple..."

by author and creator of http://textualcriticism.scienceontheweb.net/

(John 8:2)

The word for 'dawn'  appears only here in John, although its familiar enough from Luke, who uses the expression twice (Luke 24:1, Acts 5:21). But this is an old expression, having stood in the LXX for nearly 400 years by John's time. So it is again not really a Lukan word at all. It is found at least twice in the popular Greek psalter (Ps 57:8, 108:2 LXX), familiar to Greek speaking Jews for hundreds of years before Christ, and for at least 200 years afterward.

Even so, the word appears to be an archaism, and not a normal choice for a Greek writer, even one as heavily Semitic as John. As a matter of fact, under other circumstances, John seems to prefer expressions like 'early','morn' (Jn 18:28, 20:1, 21:4)

Remarkably however, the phrase appears six times in Jeremiah (Jer 7:25, 25:4, 26:5, 32:33, 35:14, 44:4 LXX), while it remains almost non-existant in most other books. Whether this can be traced to Jeremiah's phraseology rather than the Greek translator is moot, since the Greek Jeremiah was a very popular book. These passages focus particularly upon the warnings to the Jews prior to the fall of the Kingdom of Judah and the Exile.
Striking, and typical, is Jeremiah 32:33 (LXX):

"...and I taught them at dawn 
and they refused instruction:

and they brought their filth into (the Temple),
- the House where they called upon My Name,
in their uncleanness." ...

(Jer. 32:33-34)

Six times Jeremiah uses the phrase like a gong to announce the woes against Judah and the Temple. These well-worn passages had been pondered and lamented over constantly since the Exile. By the time of Christ, 'dawn' () would simply be a painfully humbling reminder of Jeremiah's prophecies every time the Greek Psalter was sung.

The strongest and most convincing explanation for dawn () in both John and Luke/Acts is simply to recall the Greek Jeremiah. *

Without always using explicit or long quotations, John constantly points us to Old Testament stories and types through the LXX. The use here of the archaic word for dawn  is just one more example of an all too common Johannine procedure.

* When such a heart-rending chord as this would naturally be struck in Greek-Jewish listeners (hellenists), it is weak at best to suggest that a writer would use such a unique and powerful keyword merely to crudely imitate or point to Luke. Luke after all is attempting to make the same striking connection himself in using this archaic expression. The author picked this phrase ultimately to point us to Jeremiah. Luke's text as a go-between is simply superfluous here. When we come to examine the two instances in Luke/Acts, they actually appear to be one-way arrows in the other direction. It is far more plausible to suggest that Luke uses dawn  with the women coming to the tomb (Luke 24:1) to remind us of John 8:1-11 than vice versa. Similarly, although the instance in Acts is uncannily similar to the context in John, neither John nor a forger gains anything by such a link to Acts, while Luke might at least profit marginally by a reminder of incidents in Jesus' ministry. This is even more compelling when we find John doing this elsewhere, again and again. For instance, in the Wedding at Cana, John uses the phrase "What is that to you and me, woman?"  (Jn 2:4) and refers to the waterpots as  (Jn 2:6,7), the same word that is used in the Greek book of Kings, to point us to the Miracle/Sign of Elijah with the jars of oil. There the woman  says to Elijah, "What to me and you?"  (1 Kg 17:18 (3Kg LXX)) and he tells those in need to take empty pitchers and draw out the provisions. (The Johannine substitution of 'wine' for oil is an interesting problem, but not germaine here.)

Lexical: The word "Dawn" ('ορθρου' gen.), is an old expression, having stood in the LXX (the ancient Greek translation of the O.T.) for between 250-400 years by John's time. Luke uses the expression twice (Luke 24:1, Acts 5:21) but it is not in fact a 'Lukan' word at all:

It is also found at least twice in the popular Greek psalter (Ps 57:8, 108:2 LXX), familiar to Greek speaking Jews for hundreds of years before Christ, and for at least 200 years afterward. Even so, the word appears to be an archaism, and not a normal choice for a Greek writer with the literary skill of Luke, even one as heavily Semitic as John. (cf. Jn 18:28, 20:1, 21:4)

Remarkably however, the phrase appears six times in Jeremiah (Jer 7:25, 25:4, 26:5, 32:33, 35:14, 44:4 LXX), while it remains almost non-existant in most other books. Whether this can be traced to Jeremiah's phraseology rather than the Greek translator is moot, since the Greek Jeremiah was a very popular book. These passages focus particularly upon the warnings to the Jews prior to the fall of the Kingdom of Judah and the Exile. Striking, and typical, is Jeremiah 32:33 (LXX).

Six times Jeremiah (LXX) uses 'dawn' (ορθρου) like a gong to announce the woes against Judah and the Temple. These well-worn passages had been pondered and lamented over constantly since the Exile. By the time of Christ, 'dawn' (ορθρου) might simply be a painfully humbling reminder of Jeremiah's prophecies whenever the Greek Psalter (Ps 57:8, 108:2 LXX) was sung.

The strongest and most convincing explanation for the use of 'dawn' (ορθρου) in both John and Luke/Acts is simply to recall the Greek Jeremiah.

             Trumpet (Bloom)

     JEREMIAH

JEREMIAH  31:16-17

16 Thus says the Lord:

“Refrain your voice from weeping,
And your eyes from tears;
For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
17 There is hope in your future, says the Lord, That your children shall come back to their own border.

 

JEREMIAH 29:11-14

11 For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will look for Me and find Me, when you look for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will bring you back and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have made you go,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you away.’


JEREMIAH 29:13 

And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will

bring you back from your captivity.


 JEREMIAH 32: 33

33 And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction. . 33 And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.

    Inside the Heart

            Vines

          Sprout