Isaiah 61, Day 6

“Isaiah 61, Day 6”
Isaiah 61:11a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

As the earth brings forth its shoots,
and a garden makes its seeds spring up…

Isaiah 61:11a

The first line of this verse echoes Genesis 1:12: 

And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

New King James Version

The Hebrew words erets (earth) and yatsa (to go or come out) appear in both verses, signifying the renewal and restoration of creation.

The image of a garden (gannah from gan) brings us back to the original, enclosed garden in Eden:

The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and placed there the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made grow every tree that was delightful to look at and good for food…

Genesis 2:8-9a

The  lover in the Song of Songs extols the fruitfulness, beauty, and fragrance of his beloved with the image of a garden enclosed. 

A garden enclosed, my sister, my bride,
a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed!

Your branches are a grove of pomegranates,
with fruits of choicest yield:
Henna with spikenard,

spikenard and saffron,
Sweet cane and cinnamon,
with all kinds of frankincense;
Myrrh and aloes,
with all the finest spices;

A garden fountain, a well of living water,
streams flowing from Lebanon.

Song of Songs 4:12-15

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