From today’s readings, I believe the message I am supposed to take away is that in addition to learning the stories of our faith’s history, we need to focus on what God is doing in the present, both in our personal lives and in our world.
My attention is snagged, though, on the verses that tell the people to forget about the great exodus under Moses’s leadership. That’s a well-known Bible story, still in our time–there’s even a famous movie. Isaiah says that instead of remembering that miracle of old, the people are to pay attention to the glorious acts that God is going to do in their present time while bringing his chosen people back to their homeland. He is going to bring “water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert” to the point that “wild animals will honor [Him].”
Hmmm . . . I don’t remember any Bible stories which tell of those events actually happening, rivers appearing in the desert. If I’m uninformed, please let me know where that record appears in scripture.