58:1 Last week, Micah shouted out to the mountains. This week, Isaiah shouts out to people what sounds like an indictment. This is not the sort of shout out people want to hear.
112:1 This verse reads like the antithesis of the Isaiah Reading. What does it mean to “fear” the LORD? When I read verses like this I am usually reminded of Aldous Huxley’s “mysterium tremendum” as described in his The Doors of Perception and of Rudolph Otto’s “mystery” or “numinous” as explored in his The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry into the Non-rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and its Relation to the Rational. It is one thing to obey God’s commandments, and another thing to delight in them.
5:13-16 Have we heard these verse so many times, together and in tandem, that we cannot hear afresh? What more can be said about salt and light? Do these first century metaphors still speak to us today or do we to translate them into new metaphors? How does salt loose its taste? Why are cities built on hills if they cannot be hid? Is Paul endorsing bringing attention to one’s good works?