Hope?

I’m pseudo performing a scripture for church this Sunday. For the last several years we have asked members to recite a passages from Isaiah from memory. It is neat because it breathes life into the scripture that you don’t get from looking something over for ten minutes before Sunday. The process of living with the passage for a week is conveyed to the listeners.

Here is the first bit from what I’m doing:

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom,
like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of God.

Isaiah continues to give hope to those who hear these words. He is telling them that in the future there will be a better time. A time when the lame will leap like a deer.

Here’s the twist, Isaiah was writing in about the Eight Century B.C.E. The people of Judah would be taken into exile. And anyone hearing these words when they were written would not experience Isaiah’s vision.

Question: Does hope serve a purpose when tribulation, at least on a national scale, is unavoidable?

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