Friday, April 18, 2008

Wonder of wonders


For the Lord has called you
like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the Lord, your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:6-8

"The verse [verse 6] contains two pictures: one of a strained, narrow-eyed, embittered woman, and the other of a laughing bride with dancing eyes. This last term connotes all the happiness of the first days of marriage and expresses the way in which most men think of their wives in moments of tenderness -- 'the woman I married.' But the laughing eyes have been turned into bitter eyes by broken dreams and scattered hopes. The bride has been rejected, and the fault of it is her own. Nothing is left but a life of going through the motions. But, wonder of wonders, her Husband, who is her Maker, calls her back to all that might have been and yet will be again."

John N. Oswalt, Isaiah 40-66, pages 420-421.