Readings Isaiah 9: 1- 7
Let’s stay in the book of Isaiah for a couple of days. Isaiah prophesied (interpreted a message inspired by God) for his contemporaries of his day, over 700 years before the birth of Christ. During this time period, the lands Isaiah lived were divided into two kingdoms: Judah and Israel. Isaiah lived and spent his ministry in Judah, the southern kingdom. Isaiah witnessed his northern brothers attacked and overpowered by the Assyrian army. They were taken as prisoners and scattered all over the world. Our passages from today come from this time period. The references to Zebulun and Naphtali in the beginning of the chapter were provinces in the northern kingdom that had been decimated by the Assyrians. At the time Isaiah was speaking to his people in his land possibly fearing that the same would also happen to them at a future time, unknown to him that he was foretelling the future ministry of Jesus the Messiah. Enjoy today’s passages with these things in mind.
How’s it going? If you’re just joining us for the first time, begin where you are. Remember no meat, meat products, no dairy, oil, wine, or fish. The weekends we can add in the oil, fish, and wine. For me, the most challenging part of this fast is omitting oil. Everything has oil added to it’s ingredients. There are two products I found over the years made without oil that taste very similar to the original: Cedar’s no – oil hummus and Ezekial bread or tortillas. These products make it easier when you do not have time to prepare or cook.
For lunch today, I am having hummus and left over cranberry salsa. After a very busy weekend, out of town for the thanksgiving holiday, there was no time to prepare lunch, so these are the things I threw into the lunchbox and headed off to my day job.