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Isaiah 59 includes the phrase, “they weave the spider’s web.”  It reminds me of the saying, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”  Certainly Isaiah connects speaking lies with this spider’s web, though he has a much broader vision than this saying.  The other two powerful images in the chapter deal with poisonous snakes and stumbling around as if blind.  All three images convey the idea that the people were as good as dead — or better yet, dead in their sins.  And so we will see how this passage answers the criticisms of the Spiritually dead, challenges those who are Spiritually alive but have a morbid curiosity, and encourages those who are Spiritually alive and well.

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