This line, from the Book of Isaiah, is one of the most well-known passages in the Hebrew Bible. In it, God promises that he will grant the nations a blessing, as well as a curse, from his presence.
Some say that this is a rather vague promise. But the more modern interpretation is that God is promising that he is granting the nations the best he can. And in Isaiah’s time, Israel was the most prosperous nation in the world. The idea is that the nation of Israel is “the true bride” of God, and it is because of his covenant with Israel that the nations will be blessed.
That’s what makes this so heartbreaking. For so many years, we’ve been the most prosperous nation in the world, but now because of the covenant that God made with Israel, God has thrown us into a time of financial and spiritual ruin. Our economic well-being has been restored, as has our moral standing. But now because of the covenant God made with Israel, he has promised that he will give us a curse, which means we’ll be forever cursed by God for all of eternity.
It’s a good thing that all nations will be blessed because we’re going to be the only one that can’t get our ass kicked by God.
The great thing about it is that, if you die in this world you’re going to die in the next one.If you’re the only one who’s alive, you’re going to die in the next one. But if you’re the only one who’s alive, and you’re the only one who’s in heaven, and you’re the only one who’s in hell, you’re going to die in this world.
I don’t want to be the only one who dies, I want to be the first one to die. I want to have the last say. I want to be the only one who sees what I see. I want to know what I will see and live the rest of my life knowing I was the only one whos alive. And I want to know the rest of my life knowing I was the only one who’s going to see me die.
I can’t believe that I’m just one month into this year, and I’ve already seen a bunch of death in the world. It just goes to show that we are so incredibly fragile that we can end up being killed by the same person for the same reason, and I am so very thankful that I have only been reading The Handmaid’s Tale at the beginning of this year, but I am going to be dead soon.
I’m so glad that I’m not the only one. It’s a testament to how far we’ve come in the last few years, but also the incredible responsibility we’ve all taken on.
I guess I could say I see death as a great blessing, but the fact that it can be a blessing when it comes to the people who kill me is a whole other thing.