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God the Preserver of Man

A man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 

Isaiah is prophesying the advent of a righteous king (see v. 1) and, using potent desert images, guaranteeing protection and care for everyone. A Christian scholar sums up this chapter as Messianic: “Isaiah looks down the corridors of history to see the arrival of a good king who will do what is right, repair what is broken, and restore justice to the oppressed. More than any other prophet, Isaiah speaks of this coming king, God’s anointed ruler. . . . No longer will wrong be called right, folly celebrated, evil triumph, and complacency and apathy rule the day. When this good king arrives, the world—with all of its problems—will be set right.”

Like the contemporary English adjective, the Hebrew noun rendered covert (sēter) implies secrecy. It is employed in the well-loved promise “He that dwelleth in the secret place [sēter] of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalms 91:1).

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: Compass: The Study Bible for Navigating Your Life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012.

Cit. 4: Hindson, Edward E., and Dan Mitchell. Zondervan King James Version Commentary: New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

Cit. 12: Patzia, Arthur G. New International Biblical Commentary—Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1990; Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 10, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude, Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 17: Hubbard, Robert L., Jr., Robert K. Johnston, et al., eds. The New International Biblical Commentary: Old Testament Series. Vol. 17, Minor Prophets 1. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996.

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