“Send forth Your light and Your truth.” (43:3)
Israel is described by Isaiah as an or goyim, “light of the nations.” By the example of their behavior, Israel is charged with the responsibility to teach the non-monotheistic world about belief in one God. In the ancient worldview of of the Hebrew prophets, there were God followers and there were pagans. The former were moral because of their adherence to God’s revealed scripture, and the latter were immoral because they ignored God’s instructions to the world. In our world we have several monotheistic God-following religions, several ways to follow God, all of them true. Our job, is to show that the way we live our lives is illumined by one of those sets of truths.