Prophet meets Sage

In our congregation’s reading schedule we have been in Isaiah.  Now Isaiah contains some of the most elevated language of the bible – not just well known passages such as chapters 44, 53 and 55 and to think of it 2, 7, 9 and 11 regarding the Messiah and peace and justice.  It is a diamond field of great passages such as this.

Isaiah 33:5-6 ESV
    The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
        he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
    [6] and he will be the stability of your times,
        abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
        the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.

In the New International Version that last phrase is:  “the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”  So we have a good prophetic sounding affirmation of the majesty of God – a concern with his justice and righteousness – concepts that we tend to separate more than the biblical authors.  The last phrase is reminiscent of the prominent theme of wisdom literature – the Fear of the Lord.  This attitude of respectful awe and willingness to follow is seen in Wisdom Literature as an opening to Wisdom.  “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” is a well known statement from the opening chapter of Proverbs.

I have seen a few scholars suggest that the prophets and the sages (wisdom teachers) were in conflict – but this one suggests a harmony of purpose.

Hey, look what we found on Google images:

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Isaiah 33:6

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