You are nothing: Isaiah 41.24

“Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting.”

Isaiah 41.24

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

Meaningless sacrifices: Isaiah 1.13

“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!”

Isaiah 1.13

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

The one who delivered Abraham: Isaiah 29.22

“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.'”

Isaiah 29.22

“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

Establish the sky: Isaiah 51.16

“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.’”

Isaiah 51.16

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

Do what is right: Isaiah 1.17 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!”

Isaiah 1.17

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

Key: Isaiah 22.22 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.”

Isaiah 22.22

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

Sustain the weary with a word: Isaiah 50.4 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

The unpopular subject

“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?

Doug Kashorek

douglaskashorek.com

#judgment #Isaiah #prepare

The gospel according to Isaiah

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

#isaiah, #messianic-prophecy, #ot-prophets

Anybody else besides me need to learn this…

Anybody else besides me need to learn this lesson?

#isaiah, #patience

“Bed Too Short and Cover Too Narrow” by Gospel Minutes

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

#culture, #emptiness-of-life, #fulfillment, #god, #gospel-minutes, #isaiah, #pdf, #popular-culture, #religion, #sin

A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Jesus

There is definitely more than one wonderful verse about Jesus in Isaiah but one that I don’t hear referenced very much is Isaiah 59:17. There the scripture says, “For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.

Some may shy away from this verse because of the reference to violence. But one should not be afraid to use this verse in connection with the gospel. Jesus refrained from using justice filled violence while subjecting himself to the justice of God and the unjust violence of men and women here upon the earth, but Jesus’ life here on Earth is over and when Jesus returns it won’t be a picnic for the enemies of God much to contradicting advice given by all the “universalists” out there.

Jesus is the slaughtered Lamb of God for our sins, but Jesus is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah for unrepentant sinners!

since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 – NKJV)

#a-wonderful-old-testament-passage, #christianity, #gospel, #isaiah, #jesus, #judgment, #justice, #violence

A Salvation Show

A good number of years ago Neil Diamond wrote and sang a song that still resonates with me today. That song: “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.”  I suppose a number of people can interpret it any number of ways, but I interpret it as both humorous and as a slight against preachers who have more interest in promoting themselves with their “healing” services than they have in promoting the gospel of Christ. The Scriptures are rather plain-spoken about such people – and they need to be called out (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 John 4:1).

“It has been said that God has performed many miracles through Chiles,” we are told. During the days of the prophet Isaiah, God’s prophet was preaching to and against the charlatans of his day. The standard by which any and all preachers were to be judged was the written word of God (Isaiah 8:20). The subjective feelings of a person were only accorded respect when that person lived by the Lord’s expressed word. For the individual or individuals eternity hung in the balance!

It may seem harsh to some to call out preachers who promote things contrary to the Lord’s written words, but it is necessary (Jude 3). It may be that these self-promoting preachers are doing many good things in the community and, if so, there will be nothing negative coming from me in that regard. On the other hand, whatever good may be done or may have been done does not allow a compromise of the Lord’s will as expressed in His holy word. In fact, the good that was done by any and all will not be that which judges us on Judgment Day; it will be the words spoken by the Lord Himself.

The challenge, therefore, to all religious folk is to measure everything by the Lord’s word (John 12:48; Romans 15:18; 1 Peter 4:11).

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This is a letter to the editor that is pending

#charlatans, #healing-services, #isaiah

Arise and shine

Arise! Shine! For your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

For several years I read through Oswald Chambers’s devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, and greatly benefited from it. Times are, however, he goes badly wrong, and his comment on this verse is one example of that. He begins by writing,

We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us, He will not; but immediately we arise we find He is there.

Chambers quoted only the first two words of this verse in his devotional thought. The rest of the verse is necessary to understand the imperatives given to Israel. Man is able to arise and shine because the light of God has already come to him and the divine splendor has risen like the sun to illuminate his day.

The first command to arise calls Israel to rouse herself from her stupor. This third section of Isaiah, 56-66, sees beyond the exile to the restoration, to a people returned to a devastated country, a destroyed temple, a world in shambles. To a broken spirit. Their return may be dulled by the reality of their situation.

But, no! Isaiah will not have it. God’s glory is focused on them. It is not time for mourning, but shining. The shining of the city (metaphor for the people) is to serve the nations who come to the light. It is the light of salvation. The people of God are called to shine forth as God’s beacon.

My mind ties this verse together with Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven” (NET).

At the top of the list of good deeds is the proclamation of the gospel, just as Jesus was doing during that moment of teaching on the mount.

The verse has inspired a number of hymns, among them, “All Ye Gentile Lands Awake.” Here’s the first stanza:

All ye Gentile lands awake!
Thou, O Salem, rise and shine!
See the day-spring o’er you break,
Heralding a morn divine,
Telling, God hath called to mind
Those who long in darkness pined.

#gods-glory, #isaiah, #light

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a Child is born,…

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born,  Unto us a Son is given;  And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called  Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

This is a verse that sadly, even  many Chrisistians only look at or refer to at Christmas time when peoples thoughts are  about  Jesus and  His birth.  I know that He was not   born on Dec. 25th but  we need to  use that  opportunity to reach  folks who at  other times  would not  be  as responsive.

But the  main  thrust of this short  passage to me is that at  all time  of the  year and  forever it gives  us a picture of  the Lord Jesus and  who He was, is and  is to come.  Thanks be to  the  heavenly Father  that we have a  Savior who  is called ” Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Theses traits that He has help us  understand  just  how  much the Godhead loves us!   We  can  rest  assured  that the Lord Jesus will always be there  for  His people showing the  example we  need to   be fruitful, productive  members of  His Church who are always ready to reach the  lost and strengthen the saved.  So, when you  hear these words in Is. 6:9, and  I  hope that it  is not  just at Christmas, share them with others  and  stop to praise our “Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!”

#isaiah, #mighty-god, #savior