Isaiah with Two Angels?
Gherardo di Jacopo Starnina
I received a gracious, if belated (unless 362 days early!), Christmas card from a very dear old pearl of a friend yesterday, the 3rd of January, 2015, the card showing Isaiah and two angels . . . except I see only one angel and no Isaiah! Let's try again:
Still just one angel . . . but the other one, I guess . . . so let's try again:
Now, we have it - the two angels! But why two angels? Well, the word "angel" means "messenger," and my friend cited two Bible verses, Isaiah 7:14 and John 1:14:
Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.But he was officially named "Yeshua," so let's stipulate "Immanuel" as a nickname (meaning "God with us," perhaps reflected in "dwelt among us"), or even shorter: "Manuel." Note that I refuse to pun on "manual," as in manual labor such as carpentry, even though this would help bring us full circle, for I'm not a full-fledged punster - that prank rank of 'wordiness' waits until I receive my angel wings.
John 1:14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
If I do . . .