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Spoke 17

Isaiah 61 - Peh - Beauty for Ashes

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 61

The opening of the prisons exemplifies the fundamental theme of Spoke 17 (cf. The Promise of His Coming). The phrase beauty for ashes is a Hebrew wordplay - pic (Epher, Ashes - from the idea of blowing) being an anagram of pic (Pa'ar, Beauty). The active element of both it the Letter Peh which means "mouth" and with many connotations to things of the face. It is deeply integrated with all the elements on Spoke 17 and its associated Inner Cycles. Of particular interest is the mysterious appearance of yet another fundamental Peh KeyWord that differs from pic (Pur, Lot) - the central theme of Esther, Book 17 - by a single letter. This is all greatly amplified by the central theme of Esther - Beauty (Pa'ar). Yet there is more. The theme expressed in the passage above sums up the whole book of Esther! We read (Esther 9.22f):

And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.

There are two KJV KeyLink sets that connect Isaiah 61 to this seminal passage of Esther. Searching either for the set (mourning, joy, give/gifts) and (mourning, joy, "unto them") selects Esther 9.22 and Isaiah 61.3. Using modnotation to write 61 = 173 (Spoke 17, Cycle 3) we arrive at this representation of the KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: Sorrow to Joy
LinkSet (mourning, joy, 'unto them')
PBible( 171 ) chain PIsaiah( 173 )

I haven't taken time to see if there is a KeyLink set that works in all seven versions used for comparison in this study. Of course, KeyLinks are not necessary to demonstrate the thematic correlation, but when a KeyLink is found it shows that the likelihood of the correlation happening by chance is very small because the elements are constrained entirely to a given Spoke. Here is an image of what is going on here. The Red Dot represents Eshter on Spoke 17 of the bwheel and the Blue Dot represents Isaiah 61 on Spoke 17 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah:

This is very similar to the phenomenon we see in Isaiah 17, where after finding a KeyLink to Esther based on the central words "lot" and "robbery", we then found the word used there for the multitude that attacked God's People to differ from the name of the wicked Haman by a single letter!

Another point of integration between Isaiah 61 and Spoke 17 of the Bible Wheel is found in the great promise given at the end of the chapter (vss. 10-11):

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Searching the entire Bible for all verses that speak

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

I think there are probably a number of KeyLinks between these verses, but I haven't had time to research it much yet. But searching the KJV for all verses that contain the word jewels within one verse of righteous* does yield a KeyLink:

keyKeyLink: Jewels of Righteousness
PIsaiah( 173 ) chain PBible( 172 )

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