Return home (Jer 3:14-3:14)

“‘Return!

O faithless children!’

Says Yahweh.

‘I am your master.

I will take you,

One from a city,

Two from a family.

I will bring you to Zion.’”

Yahweh, via Jeremiah, wants his faithless children to return. He is their master. He was going to take 1 from every city and 2 from every family. He would bring them to Jerusalem, Zion, because he wanted them to return home.

An oracle against the rebellious people (Isa 30:9-30:11)

“They are a rebellious people!

They are faithless children!

They are children who do not hear

The instruction of Yahweh.

They say to the seers.

‘Do not see!’

They say to the prophets.

‘Do not prophesy to us what is right!

Speak to us about smooth things!

Prophesy illusions!

Leave the way!

Turn aside from the path!

Let us hear no more

About the Holy One of Israel.’”

As in chapter 1 of this book, Isaiah says that the Israelites were a rebellious people. This theme comes from the Exodus situation with Moses in the desert as found in Exodus and Numbers. These faithless children did not want to hear the instructions of Yahweh as presented by Isaiah. They told their wise men not to see. They wanted their prophets not to prophesize about truth, but rather easy smooth things. They wanted to hear about illusions. They were tired of all this talk about the Holy One of Israel. They wanted to get off the idea of the straight and narrow path.