Reading Isaiah’s Mind Chapter 50 – verses 1 – 5

1. Thus saith the Lord, “Where is your Mother’s“Bill-Of-Divorcement”* by means of which I legally sent all of you (Israel’s people) away?”   * “Certificate-Of-Divorce”  –Marriage among the Hebrews, as among most Orientals, was more a legal contract than the result of love or affection. It would be, however, a great mistake to assume that deep love was […]

1. Thus saith the Lord, “Where is your Mother’s“Bill-Of-Divorcement”* by means of which I legally sent all of you (Israel’s people) away?”

 

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Where is your Mother’s“Certificate-Of-Divorce”*  (“Get”)…the legal means by which I’ve sent all of you (Israel’s people) away?
* “Certificate-Of-Divorce”  –Marriage among the Hebrews, as among most Orientals, was more a legal contract than the result of love or affection. It would be, however, a great mistake to assume that deep love was not often present, for at all times the domestic relations of the Hebrew married couple have compared most favorably with those of any other people, ancient or modern. In its last analysis it was, nevertheless, a business transaction. The husband or his family had, as a rule, to pay a certain dowry to the parents or guardians of the betrothed before the marriage was consummated. A wife thus acquired could easily be regarded as a piece of property, which, without great difficulty, could be disposed of in case the husband, for any reason, were disposed to rid himself of an uncongenial companion and willing to forfeit the mohar (bride-price ; dowry) which he had paid for his wife. The advantage was always with the husband, and yet a wife was not utterly helpless, for she, too, though practically without legal rights, could make herself so intolerably burdensome and hateful in the home that almost any husband would gladly avail himself of his prerogatives and write her a bill of divorcement. Thus, though a wife could not divorce her husband, she could force him to divorce her.
4. Divorce Applicable Only to Wives:
The following words of Professor Israel Abrahams, Cambridge, England, before “the Divorce Commission” (London, November 21, 1910), are to the point:
“In all such cases where the wife was concerned as the moving party she could only demand that her husband should divorce her. The divorce was always from first to last, in Jewish law, the husband’s act.” The common term used in the Bible for divorce is shilluach ‘ishshah, “the sending away of a wife” (Deuteronomy 22:19,29). We never read of “the sending away of a husband.” The feminine participle, gerushah, “the-woman-thrust-out,” is the term applied to a divorced woman. The masculine form is not found.
5. Process and Exceptions:
The Mosaic law apparently, on the side of the husband, made it as difficult as possible for him to secure a divorce. No man could unceremoniously and capriciously dismiss his wife without the semblance of a trial. In case one became dissatisfied with his wife,
(1) he had to write her a \BILL OF DIVORCEMENT\ (Certificate of Divorce) drawn up by some constituted legal authority and in due legal form. In the very nature of the case, such a tribunal would use moral suasion to induce an adjustment; and, failing in this, would see to it that the law in the case, whatever it might be, would be upheld.
(2) Such a bill or decree must be placed in the hand of the divorced wife.
(3) She must be forced to leave the premises of her former husband.

 

and/or where is the Bill-of-Sale (proof of sale; proof of purchase; sales receipt) I would have given the creditor if I had sold all of you (Israel’s people) because of all of your sins and or your mother’s sins, for which I sent your her away . 

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dead fish
Behold (just watch!)……with my rebuke, Salt Lake’s headquarters will dry-up (become desolate; be made bleakly and depressingly empty or bare; become forsaken) and I will turn Salt Lake’s sparkling (twinkling)  “lifestyle” into deserts (desolate-places; God-forsakenness; wastelands; wilderness) and the fish (multitudes)  dependent upon them  will rot (go bad; decay) and die from thirst.

2. For what reason (why then) should I return (come back) if no manhood (qualities traditionally associated with men, such as courage, strength, and potential) exists upon the Earth. Why then,  should I call if there is no-man who will answer (respond). Is my arm (strength) cut-short (terminated) and unable to  cover (conceal; veil; protect; reach; ransome; shield)?  Indeed, Do you really think (suppose; believe) that  I,  Jehovah,  do not have sufficient strength to rescue?  Behold (just watch!)……with my rebuke, Salt Lake’s headquarters will dry-up (become desolate; be made bleakly and depressingly empty or bare; become forsaken) and I will turn Salt Lake’s sparkling (twinkling)  “lifestyle” into deserts (desolate-places; God-forsakenness; wastelands; wilderness) and the fish (multitudes)  dependent upon them  will rot (go bad; decay) and die from thirst.

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sackcloth
Sackcloth (Hebrew שַׂק saḳ) is a term originally denoting a coarsely woven fabric, usually made of goat’s hair. Salt Lake’s General Authorities wear it to give the false- impression of humility and self degradation

3. The heavens  (Salt Lake’s precincts; General Authorities, with-whom, it is taken for granted, God and His Holy Spirit comfortably dwell) are clothed (encompassed; swathed; wrapped; enveloped) in darkness (wickedness; ignorance; confusion; sorcery; Black-Magic) and I have made sackcloth* their covering (veil; mantle; cloak; camouflage)

 

* sackcloth – Sackcloth (Hebrew שַׂק saḳ) is a term originally denoting a coarsely woven fabric, usually made of goat’s hair. It later came to mean also a garment made from such cloth, which was chiefly worn as a token of mourning by the Israelites. It was furthermore a sign of submission (I Kings xx. 30 et seq.), and was occasionally worn by the Prophets. In Christianity, the tradition of wearing a sackcloth, also known as a “hair-shirt”, continued as a self-imposed means of mortification of the flesh that is often worn during the Christian season of “Lent”, especially on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and other Fridays of the Lenten season.

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turn upside down
By means of ploughing (turning things up-side-down), they take-over-the-reins (assume-control) of Israel’s government and turn (direct) Israel’s course (route; track; trajectory; heading) away from Jehovah while persuading Israel’s people to “prick-up-their ears” (give-undivided-attention) to Salt Lake as if its General Authorities are Israel’s Masters (owners; lords; Ba’al’s; instructors; Rabbi’s).

4. The Lord , God has given to me the “Tongue (particular-language; Hebrew; dialect; vernacular) to Instruct (teach; enlighten; educate; train; inform)  them ” how to recognize (identify from having encountered them before) and admit (confess to be true or to be the case, typically with reluctance) the existence (truth) of the utterly-exhausted (weary; worn-out; tired) word (doctrine; message; pasture; ministry; judgement; arrangements; counsel; talk) coming from Mormon-Headquarters in Salt Lake City.  They (Salt Lake’s priesthood leaders) are enemies (men who are actively opposed or hostile) to Israel’s people, who have turned Jehovah’s  legal-ground (basis for authority and justification for belief) in him upside-down.   By means of ploughing (turning things up-side-down), they take-over-the-reins (assume-control) of Israel’s government and change-Israel’s course  (exercise-unrestrained-authority) over Israel’s people against Jehovah while persuading Israel’s people to “prick-up-their ears” (give-undivided-attention) to Salt Lake as if its General Authorities are Israel’s Masters (owners; lords; Ba’als; Rabbi’s).

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I didn’t rebel against Jehovah’s authority or “beat-a-hasty-retreat” (withdraw; fall-back; turn) to “The West” (teachings and precepts of Mormon Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City). 

5.  The Lord God opened my ears (capacity to ponder; meditate; weigh things in my mind; discriminate; discern) and I didn’t rebel against His authority or beat-a-hasty-retreat” (withdraw; fall-back; retire) to “The West” (precepts of Mormon Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City).    

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