11: Advent 1 – Hope (Oppression)
Isaiah is a book of Exile, of Oppression, but also of Hope. Assyria was the dominant power of Isaiah’ day, and the prophet speaks to a subjugated and oppressed people, but also offers hope in God, and God’s coming rule.
In his memoir Just Mercy, lawyer Bryan Stevenson describes the way in works to free the wrongfully imprisoned, fighting for the oppressed. This is from the book description: “The harsh realities that Stevenson confronts might elicit feelings of sadness and anger, but readers will also feel hopeful, knowing change is happening.”