Sunday, August 19, 2007

26 Blessings of Fasting in Isaiah 58

  1. You will loose the bands of wickedness (v. 6).
  2. You will undo the heavy burdens
  3. You will undo the bands of the yoke.
  4. You will let the oppressed go free.
  5. You will break every [enslaving] yoke.
  6. You will be able to divide your bread with the hungry (v. 7).
  7. You will be able to bring the homeless poor into your house.
  8. You will be able to clothe the naked.
  9. You will not have to hide from your own flesh and blood.
  10. Your light [righteousness? testimony?] shall break forth like morning (v. 8).
  11. Your healing [also restoration and salvation] shall spring forth speedily.
  12. Your righteousness shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity].
  13. The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard, shall gather you up.
  14. You shall call, and the Lord will answer (v. 9).
  15. You shall cry, and He will say, Here I am.
  16. Your light shall rise in darkness (v. 10) [This blessing and the following appear to come if one gives their own food money to the poor].
  17. Your darkness [sinful life? darkness of soul? obscurity? gloom?] will become like the noon day.
  18. The Lord shall guide you continually (v. 11).
  19. The Lord shall satisfy you in drought and dry places.
  20. The Lord shall strengthen and fatten your bones.
  21. You will be like a watered garden.
  22. You will be like a spring of water whose waters never stop.
  23. They of you [children? congregation? staff?] shall rebuild your ancient ruins (v. 12).
  24. You will raise up the foundations of many generations.
  25. You will be called "The Repairer of the Breach."
  26. You will be called "The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In."

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