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Puckett 1 Lana Puckett MMW2 Section B01 Writing Assignment 1 (Chamberlain track) 30 January 2008 The Way Back to God A poem is sometimes as hard as a code to decipher. Yet the prophet Isaiah tells God’s message to the Israelites in the form of poetry, which forces them to interpret it. As professor Chamberlain describes the events in Isaiah, God becomes angry with the people of Israel because they have turned to worship of idols and have practiced heartless sacrifices, they are punished by God in form of the Assyrians and put into exile. Then God works through history and the Persian king Cyrus, a man anointed by God, to return the Israelites to Judah and restore the kingdom. Historically, a King Cyrus did defeat Babylon and release the Israelites, but although their land had been restored, they had not been spiritually restored and were not right with God and would have wanted this. Chapters 49-55 of Isaiah describe a spiritual restoration for the Israelites following their return to Judah. An interpretation of Isaiah 49-55 fosters the Israelite’s hope of a complete and eternal spiritual restoration by means of a suffering servant. The events and predictions of chapters 49-55 of Isaiah would have been interpreted by the Israelites to be a promise of redemption and spiritual renewal. In the first chapters of Isaiah, the people of Israel have turned away from God and God has turned away from them. God tells the Israelites, “I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen” (New Oxford Annotated Bible, Isaiah 1.15). The Israelites have been separated from God and their spirituality damaged. They
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Puckett 2 needed to be restored and saved from their evil; they needed forgiveness and God. In Isaiah hope for these things was given. God admits to Israel, “I hid my face from you, but
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  • Winter '08
  • Chamberlain
  • bible, Israelites, Oxford Annotated Bible, New Oxford Annotated, New Oxford Annotated Bible, Isaiah 53.4-5

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