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[Inner Wheel] > Isaiah 42 - Luke: A Light for the Gentiles

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Spoke 20 - Resh

Isaiah 42 chain Book 42 (Luke)

I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Isaiah 42:6f (Inner Wheel: Spoke 20, Cycle 2)

Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Luke 2:28ff (Bible Wheel: Spoke 20, Cycle 2)

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The correlation between the 42nd chapter of Isaiah and the 42nd book of the Bible is astounding to behold because Luke is unique amongst the Gospels as being the only Gospel to refer to the prophecy of "a light for the Gentiles" which first appears in Isaiah 42. We have a stunning correlation between the 42nd chapter of Isaiah and the 42nd book book of the Bible. Still more stunning is the alphabetic integration of this correlation with the letter Resh - - which governs Spoke 20. The theme is based on the Resh KeyWord ra'ah which God used in many of its corresponding Alphabetic Verses. Here are are few examples:

  • Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. AV Ps 25:18
  • Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: AV Lam 1:20
  • Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. AV Lam 2:20
  • O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. AV Lam 3:59

If Simeon were speaking Hebrew, ra'ah is the word he would have spoken when he lifted up the Christ child and said (Luke 2:29ff):

Resh KeyWord

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Both Simeon's reference to the "light of the Gentiles" and his statement that he had seen God's salvation in Christ are unique to Luke. And so also are the words of Elizabeth when she conceived John the Baptist (Luke 1:25):

Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

And the words of Anna the prophetess when she gave thanks to God for giving us the Saviour of the World (Luke 2:38)

And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

And these specific words from John the Baptist are found only in Luke (vs. 3:6)

And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

As with Simeon, if John the Baptist were speaking in Hebrew, the word he would have used is ra'ah. So are we seeing a pattern here? Of course we are. These are but a few of the many examples of how God marked Luke's Gospel with the Resh KeyWord ra'ah (see the Spoke 20 article The Lord Looked). It is important to meditate on the four independent lines that have converged on this single point:

  1. The sequence and content of the chapters of Isaiah.
  2. The sequence and content of the books of the Bible.
  3. The sequence and symbolic meanings of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  4. The specific KeyWords that God placed in the Alphabetic Verses.

The theme of seeing forms many other links between Isaiah 42 and Luke. We see it again in Zechariah's prophecy after the birth of his son John the Baptist (Luke 1:79), which forms a KeyLink with Isaiah 42:7 based on the phrase ("them that sit in darkness") [Verify] :

Spoke 20 KeyLink
Light for them that sit in Darkness
Luke 1:76ff
(Bible Wheel: Spoke 20, Cycle 2)
Isaiah 42:6f
(Inner Wheel: Spoke 20, Cycle 2)
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

It is very important to stop for a moment and really reflect on the fact that the phrase "them that sit in darkness" appears nowhere in all Scripture except Isaiah 42 and Book 42. The correspondence between the 66 chapters of Isaiah and the 66 books of the Bible is perfect and precise at this point. Yet there is more! The verse from Isaiah 42:7 forms another uniquer link to an entirely different passage in Luke. Exactly two verses are selected by searching the KJV for the set (blind, prisoner*/captive*) [Verify]:

Spoke 20 KeyLink
Light for them that sit in Darkness
Luke 4:17ff
(Bible Wheel: Spoke 20, Cycle 2)
Isaiah 42:6f
(Inner Wheel: Spoke 20, Cycle 2)
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Now the thing that is so interesting about this KeyLink is that most of the quote is from Isaiah 61:1-2, except for the words about giving "sight to the blind" that that form essence of the KeyLink.





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