"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Isaiah’s Call and Sending
Isaiah 6:1-8 Commentary
by Roger Nam
In the World War II movie Fury, Shia LaBeouf’s character, appropriately nicknamed as “Bible,” because of his penchant for quoting biblical verses, sits at the gunner position of a Sherman tank during the final weeks of World War II.
As the crew awaits near-certain death from an approaching German battalion, “Bible” quotes to the crew: “There’s a Bible verse I think about sometimes; many times; it goes, ‘Then I heard the voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ (Troubled, LaBeouf’s character pauses and clears his throat). And I said, ‘Here am I; send me.’”
World War II is not a bad parallel for director/screenwriter David Ayer. The context of Isaiah 6 is dire as introduced by the death of King Uzziah, who had a remarkable reign of five decades. His death naturally evokes questions regarding stability and royal succession. The Judeans face threatening encroachment from the Assyrian Empire. And the tale of the tape between the Assyrian army and Jerusalem is not promising for God’s people. At the time of Isaiah 6, the Assyrians were the most formidable army of all time with advanced weaponry, massive economic support, and a ...
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NL240: Isaiah's Call and Sending
November 13, 2016
This Narrative Lectionary podcast discusses Isaiah 6:1-8, the reading for Nov. 13, 2016.