This week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Eikev covering Isaiah 49:14-51:3. The gender rules of Hebrew grammar are explored in this portion as well as Isaiah’s (and Moses’) metaphorical references to God as a mother. We learn that the suffering servant’s message is one of great hope—that we can fully trust and lean on God. In addition to grammar goodies, word studies include “gather/kibbutz”—as we see nations gathering in the Land—fulfilling God’s word to Isaiah.
Gordon and Johnson rejoice with the suffering servant’s message that one day all flesh—perhaps all living creatures—will know the Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Gordon reveals the verse he would thump if he were a Christian missionary and closes in a prayer of thankfulness to the Comforter of Zion for joy and gladness in the streets of Jerusalem.
"See, I have engraved you On the palms of My hands, Your walls are ever before Me." Isaiah 49:16
The Original Torah Pearls - Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)
Artwork for this week's episode is a painting by Mara Hofmann, artist.