Exodus, Jeremiah, I Corinthians
And it shall come to pass in the last
days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house
shall be established in the
top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the
LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go
forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall
rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords
into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in
the light of the LORD.
God's use of Beyt in the design of the
chapter structure of Isaiah is striking, impossible to miss.
Though Beyt is a common word that occurs over 1700 times in the
Old Testament, its first occurrence in Isaiah is in the second
chapter, as quoted above.
Exactly the same phenomena is seen in the chapter sequence of Matthew,
where both the word house and the name of the second letter Beyt (in the
form Bethlehem) first occur in Matthew 2.
The verses from from Isaiah 2 link a wide
array of concepts naturally subsumed in the Category defined
by the Number Two:
- House - Name of the Second
Letter , thrice reiterated:
- The Lord's House
- House of the God of Jacob
- House of Jacob
- Giving of the Law - Theme of Exodus, the Second Book
- The Word of the Lord
- Name of the Second Divine Person
- Fundamental significance of the Number 2
- Symbol of the Word - Hebrews 4:12
- Symbol of War (Civil Division) - Second Seal