Isaiah 40:1-11; Matthew 18:12-14
Isaiah’s prophetic message begins with God’s words of comfort to a people in exile and captivity. The historical context for these words conveys a theme that resonates throughout time: we seem to have a constant need for deliverance. The Psalms are full of prayers for deliverance and reassurance that God hears us, that help is on the way. And the prophet delivers a message that God is coming, which is good news if you are looking for him to deliver you; if you are on the oppressing side, perhaps not so much.