A tree whose leaves wither: Isaiah 1.30

“For you will be like a tree whose leaves wither, like an orchard that is unwatered.”

Isaiah 1.30

Isaiah’s imagery sees the wicked as trees who fail. This after mentioning the “sacred orchards” of idol worship. When the Lord judges, the unfaithful will not remain.

Contraste this image with Psa 1.3. In the present, and at the end, the righteous flourish. Which will you be?

#votd #Isaiah #trees

Do not panic: Isaiah 52.12

“Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic.
For the Lord goes before you;
the God of Israel is your rear guard.”

Isaiah 52.12

The prophet foresees the time when exiles will return to Jerusalem. They will not hurry out from the nations as Israel left Egypt. Their departure will be confident and orderly.

Does the Lord surround and protect your life? Is there anything that causes you to panic? How does his presence and protection drive away fear?

#votd #Isaiah #panic #protection

Covenant mediator: Isaiah 49.8

“This is what the Lord says: ‘At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, to rebuild the land and to reassign the desolate property.'”

Isaiah 49.8

In this Servant passage, the Lord tells him he is the covenant. Jesus is evident here beyond the immediate promise to Israel. God has his time which may not be obvious to man.

God worked through Israel to bring the Christ to the world. At the right time Jesus came and died. We give thanks for God’s wonderful, sovereign plan of salvation.

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An enduring witness: Isaiah 30.8

“Now go, write it down on a tablet in their presence, inscribe it on a scroll, so that it might be preserved for a future time as an enduring witness.”

Isaiah 30.8

The Lord commanded that Israel’s refusal to listen to him, as they sought ought Egypt to protect them, be written down to serve as a witness against their rebellion. The scripture served to condemn them.

God gives us his word in order to save us. That is his desire. He reveals in the Bible and especially in the New Testament his plan of redemption. But those who refuse it will be judged, Hb 4.12-13.

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Tremble at my word: Isaiah 66.2

“My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! ‘I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.'”

Isaiah 66.2

The Lord has always defined clearly those whom he approves and blesses. He is not interested in religious ritual, vv. 3. Trembling at his word means respect and obedience.

Fear for the Lord means fear for his word. The unrighteous are hostile toward those who uphold God’s word, Isa 66.5. People who diminish the word will be punished, v. 6.

#votd #Isaiah #obedience

Made for glory

“Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.”

Isaiah 43.7 NLT

God wanted to restore Israel so that the world might see and participate in his glory. Israel had failed miserably at being a light to the nations.

God’s glory is the manifestation of his marvelous person. He wants to draw every person into it. For that, he uses, today, the church to proclaim him, 1Pe 3.9.

#votd #Isaiah #glory

Arise! Shine! Isaiah 60.1

“Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! The splendor of the Lord shines on you!”

Isaiah 60.1

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

Humble and contrite: Isaiah 66.2b

“I show special respect to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.”

Isaiah 66.2b

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

Judgment is near: Isaiah 13.6

“Wail, for the Lord’s day of judgment is near; it comes with all the destructive power of the Sovereign One.”

Isaiah 13.6

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

He too is wise: Isaiah 31.2

“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.”

Isaiah 31.2

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

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