“Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! The splendor of the Lord shines on you!”
The book ends, 56.1—66.24, showing the restoration of Israel and the glory of Jerusalem. God calls the city to show its full glory as nations stream into it.
Jesus may allude to this verse in Mat 5.16. Our call, also, is to reflect God’s glory outward, as we are transformed by it.
#votd #Isaiah #promise
“I show special respect to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.”
The Lord equates humility with respect for his word. The proud resist his instruction. He is not impressed with the builder of temples, v. 1, but with the one who “trembles” at his revelation.
Humility is not an outward defacement, but the inner realization of our place in God’s plan and of his nature greater than man can contain. Humility takes God’s word seriously.
#votd #Isaiah #humility
“Wail, for the Lord’s day of judgment is near; it comes with all the destructive power of the Sovereign One.”
The Lord would bring destruction upon Israel for the nation’s disobedience. He would send pagan armies against them. The prophets urged repentance, since judgment would be swift and sure.
Time is short. Prepare to die. The opportunity is now. No one knows his hour. Change your life. Commit yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ. In him only is salvation.
#votd #judgment #Isaiah
“Yet he too is wise and he will bring disaster;
he does not retract his decree.
He will attack the wicked nation,
and the nation that helps those who commit sin.”
The king’s royal advisors sent to make alliance with Egypt because of their military power. But God is wise in his actions, even in his judgments. Man’s wisdom will fail.
We think it wrong when God punishes and causes disaster. We wince at speaking of God’s holiness and righteousness. We’d rather talk about his goodness. But he is wise and judges rightly!
#votd #Isaiah #God
“Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting.”
Cyrus of Persia was threatening Babylon. The people ran to their gods. But the Lord challenged the idols to tell the future or do anything, good or bad.
To whom do we run in threatening situations? Are we sure of God’s willingness and power? Do we rehearse his accomplishments in history?
#votd #idolatry #Isaiah
“Do not bring any more meaningless offerings; I consider your incense detestable! You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations, but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations!”
Israel displeased God because the people carried through with the ritual of sacrifices and worship, but left their hearts behind. The prophet thundered condemnation and urged repentance.
God wants the whole person. He desires our undivided heart. Less than total commitment is unacceptable to him. What are we keeping back from him?
#votd #worship #Isaiah
“So this is what the Lord, the one who delivered Abraham, says to the family of Jacob: ‘Jacob will no longer be ashamed; their faces will no longer show their embarrassment.'”
“The Lord redeemed Abraham from his idolatrous past and called him to covenant service and promise” (C.M. Woods, Isaiah, 127).
Abraham’s redemption is a guarantee for those who are his spiritual children. He will do for them, and us, what he did for the great patriarch.
#votd #Isaiah #Abraham #redemption
“I commission you as my spokesman; I cover you with the palm of my hand, to establish the sky and to found the earth, to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
God called his servant to create a new universe: transform Israel to be his true people. The three infinitives refer to the same work that God does through his servant.
God uses his servants for cosmic effect, though they may not see it. Have you answered his call to serve him by being his spokesperson?
#Isaiah #service #VOTD
“Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow!”
God appealed to Israel for her repentance, which means correcting what is wrong in one’s life and learning to do right. Through the prophet’s warning, he sought opportunity for forgiveness, v. 18.
Is anything lacking in your profession of faith? If so, what? What is there that we need still to learn about doing right?
#repentance #Isaiah #justice #VOTD
“I will place the key to the house of David on his shoulder. When he opens the door, no one can close it; when he closes the door, no one can open it.”
There would be a change of palace administrators. Shebna would be thrown out, and Eliakim would be given the responsibility. Was Jesus thinking of this verse when he told Peter and the disciples about having the keys to the kingdom? Mt 16.19; 18.18.
Do we open the doors of the kingdom to those on the outside? Or do we keep people from entering by taking away the “key of knowledge”? Lk 11.52.
#Isaiah #responsibility #VOTD
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”
Isaiah 50.4 NRSV
God chose the prophet Isaiah and gave him inspired words that not only judged Israel but gave hope and comfort to those seeking relief from suffering and sin.
How can we permit God to waken us today in order that we might listen to his words as Christ’s disciples?
#Bible #word-of-God #VOTD #Isaiah
“Men will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from dread of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth” Isaiah 2:19.
Judgment’s coming! That’s not a popular subject today. It’s not a popular subject in any age. It certainly wasn’t popular in Isaiah’s time of the eighth century B.C. when people lived and worshiped whatever and however they wanted. But, a just God warned of judgment then just as He warns now. For Israel, they were brutally overrun by the Assyrians, never to return to the promised land, the promise of which their conduct had spurned. For us, many will deceive themselves into believing that they are heirs of the promise of eternal like only to find their conduct has spurned heaven. Isaiah was Israel’s ‘fire and brimstone’ preacher at a time when the people only wanted to hear sermons of God’s great mercy and love. The ‘fire and brimstone’ sermons of a century ago are rarely heard today, but God is still a just God and still warns us of judgment through His Word. Perhaps the themes of Isaiah are exactly what we need to hear to once again become a prepared people.
Are you ready for that Day to come?
#judgment #Isaiah #prepare
by Mike Madden — One of the great prophets of the Old Testament was Isaiah. It was not uncommon for many New Testament preachers to refer to his writing. This is because he foretold the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of His kingdom.
Isaiah lived about 750 years before Christ. He was sent to prophesy in Judah and Jerusalem. (Isaiah 1:1) He has often been referred to as “the Messianic Prophet”.
In his book, we find the good news that was going to come in the future. Continue reading
Anybody else besides me need to learn this lesson?
I talked to the editors at Gospel Minutes and I received their permission to put up a PDF of the article that I referenced a few days ago written by Clem Thurman called “Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow.” I encourage you to check it out if you don’t receive these papers through your congregation. Brother Thurman did an excellent job relating an “obscure” piece of scripture that’s thousands of years old to our modern-day mindset when it comes to finding fulfillment in the wrong places of life. Just click the link below!
PDF of Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow