By Jeff Pulse

The Old Testament text for this Sunday, December 31, 2017, is from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The text is Isaiah 61:10-62:3, which forms a beautiful portion of the fifth Servant Song in Isaiah. In this periscope, we see a wonderful blending of three prominent motifs from Scripture: the garment motif, the marriage motif, and the garden motif. While this may seem rather confusing at first, the three motifs are artfully woven together here in Isaiah, as well as throughout the Bible.