Isaiah moments – (is it) all in the interpretation (Part 2)

Continuing from part 1 where I began my day with a comparison between the JW’s New World Translation, my NOAB and a brief glimpse into the Interlinear Bible, while hunting dictionary meanings of various words used in the first two bibles, I came across a website with some brief but interesting articles. One of them was a full on grumble about the words ‘a little child will lead them’.

Ok, so the authors the author is complaining about, people like me, do misquote .. here’s the actual words:

“Isaiah 11:6-8 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den”,

but, for heaven’s sake, who cares! I also read the comments .. we all agree that, in this world of unsavoury characters, it might really take a child, in his or her perfect innocence, to lead us all back Home.

All very dramatic, or all very beautiful, particularly if, like me, you see visions, and once ‘met’ God as a small girl child, who was very ancient, very wise and very, very loving (God, not me). But I am not approved of as being prophetic because I’m not doing it in church, although quite truthfully, it’s usually in the churches where I find the Most judgment – as if the words of Jesus ‘judge not lest ye be judged’ have no meaning and never had, although the words ‘you will go to hell if you are not Christian’ do, but Jesus never said them.

You know, this whole adventure actually started with Facebook. There was a message there about an 8 year old girl who had a wish list of 600 kind things to do for people, to honour her grandmother who had died .. then the other Isaiah bits I mentioned, and then that webpage, where a man grumbles because the bible words are taken out of context, where he says that he doesn’t believe that a child can teach an adult anything … I wonder if you have any children, given what I have learned from both of mine, now adults, and some of the youngsters born so wise into the world these days.

So to me, the leadership of a child can often be better than the leadership of an adult with blinkers of a lifetime of opinions firmly welded to their heads. (Just for the record, I am not talking about that author, just about quite a few experiences of people with the blinkers .. it’s their way or I am in trouble, or going to hell, or will have the town set against me? And then they have the nerve to call themselves ‘good Christians’?) If there was a hell, there would be a room reserved for hypocrites .. no, they better reserve a ‘city’.

Let’s go back to Isaiah .. 9:6-7

“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this” ….. so we crucified him.

If we ask nicely, maybe next time God will send his/its daughter. Will we be less likely to hang her up on to beams of wood, put nails through her joints, after lashing her bloody and forcing a crown of thorns on her head?  I would certainly hope so.  As for the Lord of everlasting peace .. go and read Revelation .. last I heard he was coming back with a sword in his mouth to condemn anyone who breaks the 12 commandments to hell.  That’s all of us folks!

Happy easter.

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