Welcome back to Isaiah 56. Yesterday, I found plenty to say about the first verse alone (and, for that matter, the exigencies of drafting a blog post in the Chicago O’Hare Airport without a laptop). Today we’re digging into the meat of the chapter, which concerns foreigners and eunuchs and how they relate to Israel, God’s chosen people. The Sabbath, as we’ve seen, is also an important element, so let’s check it out.
Nehemiah is a book about restoration. Not only do Nehemiah and his crew restore the broken-down walls of Jerusalem, they restore the city culturally, and this includes the restoration of Sabbath practices. Perhaps I should say Sabbath non-practices, as Sabbath means stopping the work. But you know what I mean.