Old Testament Lesson 37: Isaiah 22

1 Approach

These represent the notes I made during my reading of the scriptural text for this lesson. It is not a lesson outline or a lesson plan but really notes about issues and questions that struck me as interesting during my reading. Consequently, the notes do not have a conclusion and very little mention of application. I like to let those things arise while I teach.

2 Introduction

2.1 A Theme Revisited

I was tempted to start my notes with chapter 24, but I decided not to after rereading chapter 22. The thing that jumped out was how Isaianic themes manifest themselves in chapter 22.

For example, I think an important theme of Isaiah is that Israel needs to learn how to be a servant. Israel and Jerusalem must relearn this role. It is not a new role for Israel but rather the typical role applied to a changing national status. The LORD will teach Israel to be a servant one way or another. This theme in Isaiah always reminds me of the words of Alma to the impoverished Zoramites (Alma 34:12-13):

(12) I say unto you, it is well that ye are cast out of your synagogues, that ye may be humble, and that ye may learn wisdom; for it is necessary that ye should learn wisdom; for it is because that ye are cast out, that ye are despised of your brethren because of your exceeding poverty, that ye are brought to a lowliness of heart; for ye are necessarily brought to be humble. (13) And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance; and now surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy; and he that findeth mercy and bendureth to the end the same shall be saved.

* Do you think the situation of Israel during this historical period is comparable? In what ways is there overlap? What are the important differences?

* Can you think of stories or parts of the Old or New Testament that emphasize the importance of Israel being a servant?

* Does Israel often triumph through servitude?

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