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I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
Here the writer presents God’s solemn promise to guide those feeling uncertain about their future or purpose. Just as He led the Hebrew people through the challenging passage from Egypt to Canaan, God continues to illuminate His children’s pathway, removing obstacles and directing every step.
There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
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Resources quoted in this issue
RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 4, Ezra, Nehemiah, Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, Lamentations. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
Cit. 15: Humble, Susan Elizabeth. A Divine Round Trip: The Literary and Christological Function of the Descent/Ascent Leitmotif in the Gospel of John. Leuven: Peeters, 2016.
Cit. 18: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04; Keener, Craig S., John H. Walton, eds. NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016.
Cit. 19: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: Revelation of John, Vol. 2. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: Revelation of John, Vol. 2. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.
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