The test of great literature is its ability to grow old and remain fresh. The book of Isaiah was already centuries old when Jesus quoted from it in his sermon at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-23). Generations of Christians have found comfort and hope in its prophecies of the Messiah. The vision of Isaiah 6 has been part of the Christian Liturgy for more than 15 centuries. And many Christians feel that the way to church renewal today is to be found in living the role of the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53).
Here is literature that speaks to human need. How different it is from books that pander to the senses and breathe despair.
Name some of your favorite books.
Which ones would you like to read again?
Is the picture of God sitting upon a throne on high helpful? or not?
PRAYER: For worthwhile literature we thank you, Lord, and especially for the Holy Scriptures.- Amen!