(Above: Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho’s Isaiah.)
I wish that my head were a well full of water and my eyes were a fountain full of tears! If they were, I could cry day and night for those of my dear people who have been killed. Jeremiah 9:1 NET
One of the largest divisions of the Bible is that of the prophets of Israel, with charge after charge against the sins of the people of God. They contain appeals, warnings, threats, promises.
At first glance, one might think that the Old Testament was the covenant of the hardness and severity of God. On the contrary, the presence of the prophets in the holy Scriptures testifies to the patience and love of the Lord.
For all the prophets’ denunciations of the Israelites’ errors, behind the words they felt a profound pain at the peoples’ sin and a divine love and desire that on earth there might be justice, righteousness and seeking for things on high.