Today’s Passage: Isaiah 8
The Bible has got some great names. I’ve always been partial to Arpachshad. But in today’s chapter from Isaiah, we get Isaiah’s son Maher-shalal-hash-baz. That’s an entire sentence in Hebrew. Can you imagine naming your kid an entire sentence, like “Raise high the roof beam, carpenters” or “All my best friends are metalheads?” Well, at God’s instruction, that’s exactly what Isaiah does.
“Maher-shalal-hash-baz” means “Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.” As God explains to Isaiah, “[B]efore the boy knows how to cry out ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria” (8:4). In other words, before this kid with a tongue-twister of a name learns two of the first words that children learn how to speak, Syria and Damascus will be looted. Their spoils will be gone in an instant! Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey, because Assyria will be quick to carry it off.
Israel is not exempt from Assyria’s advance. God describes Assyria with the metaphor of a flood sweeping through the land: “[T]he Lord is about to bring on them the strong and abundant waters of the Euphrates, even the king of Assyria and all his glory” (8:7). This is just another facet of the fall predicted for Israel: there are hard times ahead because of their recalcitrance.
And now, it’s time for another Chocolate Showdown!
In our last Chocolate Showdown, Theo defeated Endangered Species for the title of Best Almond Bar. Today we pit Lily’s almond bar against Theo!
I kind of feel like I’m comparing apples to oranges here, because Theo is salted almond, while Lily’s has no salt. Thus, with the Theo you get a sharper flavor contrast and a crunchier texture, while Lily’s just delivers pure sweetness with almond flavor. The stevia sweetener in Lily’s also gives it kind of a cool nuance, almost like the feeling of mint without the mint taste. I would say that this one depends on what you’re looking for, but Theo’s larger almond chunks give it an edge in the texture department. The undefeated Champion of Almonds remains Theo!