Isaiah 52, God redeems Jerusalem, how beautiful are the feet

From Handel’s Messiah this aria is sung all over the world. This is from Oslo, Norway.

Chapter 53, the Suffering servant really begins here. The passage on suffering Servant is never read in Jewish Synagogues, not in the triennial reading, nor at Holy days.

The Bible is nearly void of any description of Jesus. Here is a glimpse.

Isaiah 36, historical passage, Sennacherib boasts against the LORD and threatens Jerusalem.

This prism chronicles the events during Sennacherib’s reign, but from the Assyrian perspective. It collaborates the Biblical record.

   Isaiah was the chief scribe, both during the reign of both Uzziah and Hezekiah.

 The texts  2 Kings 18:19 – 20:3 and Isaiah 36:4 – 38:3 are the same and Isaiah recorded them both.

Isaiah 22, a prophecy about Jerusalem.

Sennacherib’s Prism from 691 B.C. verifies the biblical account of the siege of Jerusalem.

As you might have guessed, the “Valley of Vision” is another name for Jerusalem, as is “The City of David”.

 Shebna was “treasurer over the house” in the reign of king Hezekiah of Judah, a picture of the unfaithful servant.

President Trump’s first foreign trip for peace, salaam, shalom; a Limerick. (Update 1)

Arabia, Israel, Rome;

then Belgium and Sicily, Home.

Donald Trump has the strength

and he talks to great length:

Bring peace, and salaam, and shalom!

This I call a welcome peace gesture!

Shalom! President Trump meets with Benyamin Netanyahu who said:

“I … look forward to working closely with you to advance peace in our region — because you have noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners. That’s where we see something new and potentially something very promising. It won’t be simple. But for the first time in many years — and, Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime — I see a real hope for change.”

Then it was time to lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Credit (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

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Off to Bethlehem to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas made no concessions and will continue to reward the families of “Martyred” terrorists when their sons have killed Israelis.

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Over to Rome to meet the Pope. Melania is again getting properly dressed for the occasion.

The audience with the Pope started out tense, but at the end all were smiles.

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After meeting with the Pope President Trump said: “Thank you. I won’t forget what you said.” Later  he tweeted: Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.

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After the private audience the Pope was all smiles and even cracked a joke with Melania Trump. His Holiness the Pope asked Melania (in Italian): What do you feed your husband? ‘Potica?’  Melania laughed and answered in Italian “Potica, si”, the perfect answer. After all, Melania is fluent in six languages: Slovenian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian, German, English and conversational French. The Pope is fluent in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Ukrainian and Piedmontese  and, of course, Latin.

The it was off to Belgium to meet the King and Queen. Melania Trump was again dressed in a bluish grey dress and coat, a color perfectly suited for the country of Belgium.

Will the rest of the trip bring forth peace? Tomorrow is NATO and then off to Sicily and G7. Keep praying.