A year and a half ago, I moved into my first apartment in the heart of Jerusalem.
The house had been my home for a decade, and I felt the need to move out.
I decided to go back to my parents’ place and start over.
I went to the library and picked up a copy of the Bible and some Torah scrolls.
I took the first day off from work to study the Book of Isaiah.
It was one of the first texts I took out of the library.
It was in Hebrew and it was fascinating to read, and my heart was filled with excitement.
Then I read Isaiah 51:1-8 and it struck me: this is where God tells the people to fight against their enemies, to conquer their foes, to set up a covenant with them, to protect their rights, and to be loyal to them.
And then I read again Isaiah 51, chapter 17.
At the end of the book, he tells his people to go forth and take up arms against their neighbors.
I was shocked.
It wasn’t the Bible, it wasn’t a book I had read before, and yet here it was.
I wanted to take my book and read it for myself.
The next day, I took my book out of my house and began to study.
I had no idea what to expect.
When I began to read it, it became clear that it was written in a different language than I had learned it in school.
In the end, it was my interpretation of Isaiah 51.
I had not read the Bible in my life.
Isaiah 51:4-7 told the story of the prophet Isaiah, the father of the Hebrew Bible, who came to Jerusalem in the year 588 BCE.
He was exiled from his homeland, but was miraculously brought back.
During his time there, he became the greatest prophet in the world.
He became known as the Messiah.
After his resurrection and ascension, he prophesied that the people of Israel would be destroyed by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.
Then he warned his people that the Babylonians would attack them again.
A year later, in the middle of the reign of Nebuchas son Shapur, he told his people: “The Assyrians are coming!
And when they do, the people will be saved, because they will be loyal and will love their enemies.”
I knew that this prophecy had been written down, but I didn’t know how to interpret it.
I couldn’t read it in Hebrew, and when I did, I had to go home and read Isaiah.
But I found that I understood the story so much better than I thought I did.
Isaiah was telling his people about God’s covenant with the Israelites and the promise that they would be loyal.
The prophet also spoke of a covenant of loyalty between God and the people.
The Babylonians were trying to conquer Israel, but God’s people would always stand by them.
The people of God would always defend them.
Isaiah was speaking of a prophecy in the Bible that would come true after the Babylonites’ defeat.
As we read the book of Isaiah, it struck a chord with me.
I started to understand how God had told the Israelite people that they should protect the people from the enemies of Israel.
The word “Israel” comes up in the book several times.
Isaiah tells the story about the people coming to God in the land of Israel, and God promised to protect them from the Babylon, the “greater Satan,” and the “wise people.”
God was sending his servants to bring the people peace.
Later in the chapter, Isaiah tells of the great famine in the Land of Israel in 592 BCE.
“And God saw the people in famine and he took pity on them.
He said, ‘You are my people, and you will be my people forever.'”
And so the people came to God, but they had no food.
God sent his people out to find food.
He told them to give the king some of the grain, but he couldn’t give it to them because it was “too difficult to digest.”
He said to them, “Look, I’m not giving you grain, because I know how hard it is to digest the grain.
And I’m going to tell you, take some of this grain and throw it into the river and let the water take it.”
So the people did.
The grain that God gave them was the grain of their own free will.
From this story, it is clear that God was saying to the people, “You are God’s children forever.
You are God.
Your children will be your inheritance.”
Isaah 51:9-10 spoke of the promise God made to the Israel people in the Book.
God told the people that if they stayed loyal to the land, they would live for many generations, until the day they