“You were complacent in your evil deeds; you thought, ‘No one sees me.’ Your self-professed wisdom and knowledge lead you astray, when you say, ‘I am unique! No one can compare to me!’”
The prophet denounced the arrogance of Babylon. The Lord used Babylon to punish Israel, v. 6, but they showed them no mercy. Now, destruction would fall on them, v. 11.
Do I remember that God sees all? Do I believe that I am so special that I can sin without being punished? Is my wisdom leading me astray?
#votd #Isaiah #self-deceit
“They will not be hungry or thirsty; the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, for one who has compassion on them will guide them; he will lead them to springs of water.”
Through his prophets, the Lord provided many vivid pictures of how he would bless the people of Israel after their restoration to the Land. These are suggestive of spiritual blessing, also.
Christians do not have the physical promises given to Israel. They look forward to greater things. What pictures of eternal life does my mind cherish?
#votd #Isaiah #blessing
“For this reason this is what the Holy One of Israel says: “You have rejected this message; you trust instead in your ability to oppress and trick, and rely on that kind of behavior.”
Israel ran to Egypt for help, but they would discover it to be a failure, vv. 1-7. They refused to listen to the prophets who directed them to seek God, vv. 8-11.
Isaiah summed up the choice: Trust in what God says, or attempt to do it ourselves. Doing the latter, we consider ourselves smart. God sees it for the foolishness it is.
#votd #Isaiah #trust
“For you will be like a tree whose leaves wither, like an orchard that is unwatered.”
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
“Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic.
For the Lord goes before you;
the God of Israel is your rear guard.”
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
“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.'”
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.
#votd #Isaiah #prophecy #Messiah
“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.”
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.
#votd #Isaiah #Scripture
“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.'”
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
“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! 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