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Isolated Incidents

The one who isolates pursues selfish desires; that one rebels against all sound wisdom.  (Proverbs 18:1)

I had to chuckle at this verse as it was the first one of my devotion this morning. This translation, from the Christian Standard Bible, may be true in the general idea, but for our 2020 thoughts about COVID-19, I'm not sure that self-imposed isolation has anything to do with selfish desires, but communal necessity and good.

But, the Bible verse does start us on a quest for understanding: What is the difference between isolation and solitude? Can we develop a theology of isolation? Imprisonment? Solitude? Exile? Can we do this together?

Throughout the Bible, various people ranging from prophets to prisoners, kings and their cousins, Jews and Gentiles, have been unceremoniously cast out of their every day lives to exist in either self-imposed or administered exile. I've been trying to make a list of Biblical figures who fit these parameters, and the longer I think, I wonder …
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