Remembered no more

This morning while reading what the Eastern Church calls “the Song of Isaiah” (not to be confused with the Roman or Anglican choices), I came across this verse which interested me:

They are dead, they will not live;
they are shades, they will not arise;
to that end you have visited them with destruction
and wiped out all remembrance of them.    – Isaiah 26:14

The word for remembrance is the typical Hebrew word for it: zê·ḵer.  It shows up several times in sacrificial contexts like when grains and animals were burnt as a “remembrance before the Lord.”  In both cases, taking the word “remembrance” to denote intellectual recall makes no sense.  In this quote from Isaiah, the dead are gone, there is no remembrance of them.  But obviously they are remembered, they’re being talked about by Isaiah the Prophet and read about by God’s people ever since then.  This, then, helps inform us about the meaning of “remembrance” with sacrifices too.  They’re not just about invoking our memory or God’s memory of our promised redemption, there’s something else to it.

So tuck this verse away into the databanks, as it is part of the background of why our New Covenant sacrifice & remembrance is far more than mere intellectual recall.

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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