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The Holy Power of Renewal (Isaiah 40:27-41:16)

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The return from Babylonian exile was enormously challenging. Coming back to a land from which your people had been exiled from two generations earlier – a land that needed to be rebuilt and repopulated must have been mentally, physically and spiritually wearying. The people likely needed God’s backing and support. The haftarah’s message comes to remind them that God was not only aware of their tribulations but that He meant to lend “strength to the weary” and “fresh vigor to the spent”. (40:29). He is also the One who rewards those who believe in Him: “But they who trust in the Lord shall renew their strength as eagles grow new plumes (yaalu eiver kanesharim): They shall run and not grow weary; they shall........

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