Isaiah 66:10-14 - The possession of ministry

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[1a] Thus says Yahweh:

[10] "Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,

all you who love her;

rejoice with her in joy,

all you who mourn over her--

[11] that you may nurse and be satisfied

from her consoling breast;

that you may drink deeply with delight

from her glorious bosom. ס

[12] For thus says Yahweh:

I will extend prosperity to her like a river,

and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;

and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,

and dandled on her knees.

[13] As a mother comforts her child,

so I will comfort you;

you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

[14] You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;

your bodies shall flourish like the grass;

and it shall be known that the hand of Yahweh is with his servants,

and his indignation is against his enemies."


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This is the Track 2 Old Testament selection to be read aloud, if a church is on this course, on the fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9), Year C, according to the lectionary for the Episcopal Church. If this is the course a church has chosen, this selection will precede a singing of some verses from Psalm 66, where David wrote: “All the earth bows down before you, sings to you, sings out your Name.” That pair will be followed by the Epistle selection from Galatians, where Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” All will accompany the Gospel selection from Luke, where Jesus instructed his sending out of seventy interns, by saying “See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace to this house!'”


You will note how I have applied verse numbers (in bold type, within brackets) above. The words that say, “Thus says Yahweh” (not “the Lord”), come from the beginning of verse one. It is not written into verse ten. The Episcopal Church has applied that to verse ten, because everything in Isaiah 66 is the words of Yahweh flowing through His servant Isaiah. As such, every verse could be prefaced by the same: “Thus says Yahweh.”

Listen people, I knew less than you knew about what Joel meant … just forty days ago.


In verses ten and thirteen, Yahweh spoke of “Jerusalem,” as “yə·rū·šā·lim.” While there is certainly a city by that name, all names have meaning that becomes the reason a name is given. The word “Jerusalem” [Hebrew has no capital letters] means “Teaching Peace.” Strong’s suggests “foundation of peace,” where no capitalization is applied. In this, one has to realize that Yahweh was not writing anything down on paper. Yahweh spoke to the soul of Isaiah, meaning the physical body of Isaiah became the hand of Yahweh on the earth. Still, Yahweh is not concerned for the dead matter of the worldly plane. He is concerned about the souls who have become married to His Spirit and those souls seeking to do the same. Thus, Yahweh was not speaking about a physical place named “Jerusalem.” He spoke about the “Teaching of Peace” or the laying of the “Foundation of Peace,” which will bring lost soul to marry Him. For divine marriage to take place, one must first be “Taught the Peace” such divine union brings.


In the use of the three feminine pronouns that follow, each as “her” – “ḇāh;” “’it·tāh;” and, “‘ā·le·hā” – as “for her,” “with her,” and “above her” – the feminine must be realized as a soul in a body of flesh. Yahweh is the Father, thus all the spiritual realm is masculine (including angels, spirits, and released souls), while all souls trapped in bodies of flesh take on the femininity (or negativity) of matter or earth. This use of “her” says all mankind is born (regardless of gender) to be wives of Yahweh, meaning all souls in the flesh reflect a “her.” When “Teaching Peace” is not a place in the world, but a Yahweh elohim placed into a wife of Yahweh, then it is sent in “Teaching Peace” “for her,” “with her,” and “above her.” This brings “gladness,” “love,” and “joy.” To “mourn above her” means the death of the flesh as the feminine lord over a soul. That death has allowed the Son of Yahweh to enter, “Teaching Peace.” This means “Peace” is the ways of righteousness “Taught” by Jesus resurrected within one’s soul, while still within the ”flesh” of “her.”


In the element that sings, “all you who love her” (from “kāl-’ō·hă·ḇe·hā”), the root of “love” (“aheb”) must be seen as the Yahweh elohim that is Adam, whose soul was the “love” of Yahweh placed into a physical form. When Adam died, after nine hundred thirty years trapped in the worldly plane, his soul of “love” was released to be reincarnated as many important and most holy Patriarchs of Old Testament history. The soul of “love” was created by the hand of Yahweh for the purpose of being resurrected in the souls of lost sheep, in order to save those souls from the death that is reincarnation into a world of matter. This plan of salvation says Yahweh saves through His Son; and, the name “Jesus” means “Yahweh Saves,” so Adam was created to become Jesus. It is that soul of Yahweh’s “love” that “Teaches Peace” to souls, which is a “love” that cannot be defined by the emotion called ‘love,’ which emanates from human flesh.


Following the segment of verse ten that ends by singing, “all you who mourn above her” (from “kāl-ham·miṯ·’ab·bə·lîm ‘ā·le·hā ”), David began verse eleven by adding to that “mourning” of self-sacrifice, “the intent you will nurse and be satiated , to the breast of her consolations”. This says the “purpose” of Yahweh’s “love” is to supply His newborn with its own inner source (“breast” or “bosom”) of spiritual nourishment, which is the “consolations” of the loss of self to a greater reward. The soul in a body of flesh died as one, so it could be reborn as two united as one, where the mother of the Son is the inverse of a physical world mother-child relationship, where the Son becomes the “breast” on which the mother-soul suckles.


When this verse continues by singing, “purpose you will drain out and be delighted with the fulness of her abundance.” This sings about the inner Yahweh elohim of Adam-Jesus being an endless source of insight. When reading Scripture or when faced with a worldly situation, the child can always feel for the engorged “breast” of knowledge and “drain out” that applicable for present circumstances. This will cause great “delight” at how quickly one sees the truth come forth, bringing the “fullness of the abundance” Scripture contains. Because that is maintained in a physical form, Scripture becomes a “her,” which requires Yahweh’s Son to explain. This takes the mundane meaning from reading text and raises it “above,” to a higher level of meaning.


At the end of verse eleven David placed a samekh (“ס”), which marks the end of a series of verses. The two previous uses of a samekh were at the end of verses four and nine [not read today]. This sign can be seen as marking a transition point in the psalm.


In verse twelve, the transition begins by singing “for thus,” where “thus” refers to this never-ending abundance of knowledge that is present. To reflect on that, a vertical bar is placed (“׀”), which acts as a sign of pause or momentary rest. The transition point then calls for a repeating of the author of these words, as Isaiah wrote, “says Yahweh behold! extending to her as a stream peace and like a torrent overflowing abundance people then you will feed”. Here, this reflects back [“for thus”] on the “fullness” of the “abundance” that has been made available for the newborn self – two united as one. This is now Yahweh saying that this great “overflowing abundance,” which fluidly “flows” like sustenance from a mother’s “bosom,” but more than one soul can use. This means the “purpose” and “intent” of such “abundance” is for the “people” to be “fed” the knowledge of Yahweh’s elohim within. This then sings of ministry.


The remainder of verse twelve (following a semi-colon mark) then sings, “above beside you will be lifted and over knees you will be smeared”. This says Yahweh’s Son within will raise one’s soul to his level of Spirit, so as a master or lord of seekers (“the people”) one’s soul will stand “beside” the souls of others, so they too will be elevated in Spirit. This should be seen as relative to the accompanying Gospel reading, where seventy interns were sent to “the people” as extensions of Jesus in themselves, to lift up others in his name. Thus, “over knees” says one take a “knee” in submission to Yahweh’s Son, and becomes “besmeared” with his Anointment into ministry. One has an “abundant” supply of divine insight to share with seekers among “the people.”


Verse thirteen then sings, “as man whom his mother she will repent him ; so I you will be sorry and from Teaching Peace you will be consoled.” Here, it is important to grasp the constructs that combine the masculine with the feminine, such that this is Yahweh speaking through Isaiah about the “him” of His Son, who has been resurrected within “her” – of either human gender – as “his mother.” A soul must repent for past transgression to Yahweh and, through divine union, be cleansed by His Spirit. That makes one’s soul become a purified ‘Virgin’ womb, in which Yahweh will seed His Son. Once resurrected, so the soul is reborn as the Son, the “mother” will “repent” and “be sorry” for all sense of selfishness. Thus, the “mother will repent in him.” That becomes the “suckling” from this inner presence (in the “bosom”) that is an “overflowing abundance” that is meant for “Teaching Peace” to one’s soul, so it can go into ministry “Teaching Peace,” as the Son reborn. This means ministry is the way “you will be consoled” for past sins to always remain past sins.


Verse fourteen then sings, “and when those have seen this and he will exult your heart , and all yourselves to the new growth she will sprout ; and she will know her hand Yahweh with his servants , and he will be indignant to those his enemies.” Here, Yahweh is singing about the sense of spirituality that will fill a soul, especially once one has entered ministry as the Son reborn and has seen the miracles that inner presence shares with those seeking help. The “heart” is one’s soul – “inner man, mind.” In the plural construct of “yourselves” (“wə·‘aṣ·mō·w·ṯê·ḵem”), the second-person masculine plural of “estem” (meaning “bone, substance, self”) says the presence of the Yahweh elohim has made the feminine “her soul in its flesh” become one that is masculine, like all who are so possessed by “elohim.” This needs to be seen as how “yourselves” – which come in bodies of flesh that are both male and female – are all ‘brother’ [no sisters allowed in the spiritual world]. This relationship comes from all souls being masculine as the Son reborn.


This can then be seen as relative to a “new growth,” which is as common as “grass” in the world. In that, “grass” takes on the equivalency of good ‘wheat,’ which is opposed to the bad ‘weeds.’ This “sprouts” because Yahweh has planted His seed in one’s fertile ground [the flesh], for the purpose of growing the spiritual food that will feed the people.


Again, the feminine gender reflects a soul born into a body of flesh receiving the “knowledge” of the Spirit, which becomes so clearly present that beliefs are transfigured into true faith. This is because ministry will have proved to one’s soul that one’s soul acts as the “hand” of “Yahweh,” because “Yahweh” has extended His “hand” – His Son – into one’s soul, within one’s flesh. This makes one a “servant” to Yahweh and the Son, just as the Son is always a “servant” to the Father. When the final segment says, “he will be indignant to those his enemies,” this projects the evil spirits that constantly attempt to possess souls alone in the flesh. Once the Son has been resurrected in a host soul, then all demon and unclean spirits will be told to turn away from one divinely possessed and do as all “elohim” are commanded – to serve Yahweh.


As the Track 2 Old Testament reading for churches that have chosen that course of lessons, it should be clear that this is perfect for reading during the Ordinary after Pentecost season has begun. Each soul sent into ministry is a servant of Yahweh, obedient to the voice of His Son. The marriage vows that make that possession possible deny a soul the option to ever again serve self.

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