Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"In that day..."

I've been getting back into my devotion space with Jesus this week. I've settled on Isaiah, because truly the man is a poet. He was able to take what he saw in visions and translate them so eloquently into words. Anyways, I've gone about reading Isaiah like I read the book of John - thorough analysis through repeated readings, underlining phrases or the use of particular words. Last night I made a particular discovery of another analysis method I completely forgot - patterns. Isaiah 2 - 4 has a repeated phrase, "in that day". The first mention of this day is first in reference to "latter days" (Isaiah 2:2). The particular phrase "in that day" is mentioned several times in each chapter, one in reference to humanity and one in reference to the Creator.

Chapter 2
:11 - the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day
:17 - the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day
:20 - in that day a man shall cast away his idols of silver

Chapter 3
:7 - in that day he will protest, saying, I cannot cure your ills
:18 - in that day the LORD will take away the finery

Chapter 4
:1 - in that day seven women shall take hold of one man saying
:2 - in that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious

Originally, I thought there was only 3 references to the phrase, but it looks like I am wrong. Now I have to go and see what these other phrases signify. Amen!

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