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The Nature of God
Isaiah 42 is a long poetic reflection on God’s purpose for Israel. Today’s passage comes from a section that expresses a whole new “song” to be sung to the Lord. The people once again see God active in the destiny of Israel. They are told here of his purpose, that is, to remove all of the obstacles that hinder the exiled Jews from returning to their homeland. Those who are lost, whether that be physically, or spiritually are, in a real way, blind. They cannot find their way. Some have been blind so long that they might not recognize the way at all without a guide. Some have been blind all along and not realized it. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave comes to mind here. They have been looking at mere shadows and calling them reality. They have never seen the light. In this passage, Isaiah speaks for the Lord when he says, “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them.” These words, of course, were directed to the Jews in exile, but it has much to say to us as well. Because we are all sinners we are, to varying degrees, blind. We are blinded by the temptations that we give in to, or by our own egos and false pride. The worst thing is that when we are lost in the grip of false pride, we do not even realize that we are blind. But blind we are, and in serious need of a guide who is compassionate, patient and kind, slow to anger, and rich in mercy. This is the nature of God. The world has made so many idols out of material and finite things. Those…