“Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
you that seek the Lord.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
but I blessed him and made him many.
For the Lord will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
Listen to me, my people,
and give heed to me, my nation;
for a teaching will go out from me,
and my justice for a light to the peoples.”
I love this imagery, “Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.” God, speaking through Isaiah, is reminding the people of the faithfulness and obedience Abraham and Sarah shown to God. As a reward, God made them the parents of many nations. What made the offspring of Abraham and Sarah unique among all the peoples of their world? It was supposed to be their faithfulness and obedience to God like that of Abraham and Sarah.
It didn’t quite go as planned. But God did not give up them. Here, through Isaiah, God is extending the invitation to them, once again, to claim their birthright. All they need do: pursue righteousness, listen to God, learn God’s will and way for them, and walk by the light of God’s justice.
God doesn’t give up on us either. Jesus is the rock from which we are hewn. His death and resurrection the quarry from which we were dug. And the same invitation is given. Pursue righteousness, listen to Jesus, discern God’s will and way for us today, and walk by the light of the justice of God the way Jesus modeled for us all.
Be a blessing to someone today!