“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
“They also asked them, ‘What are the names of the men who are building this edifice?’”
The regional governor wanted to stop the temple construction. They asked who authorized them to rebuild it and wanted their names, “in order to inform” King Darius, v. 10. The king’s reply (Ezra 6) must have shocked them.
The names of saints who are reviled by the world are written in the book of life. How are you building up the Lord’s church?
#names #work #VOTD
“The people were in suspense about John. Everyone wondered if he might be the Messiah. John addressed them all, saying, ‘I, indeed, immerse in water, but one is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie his sandal strap. He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire.'”
Luke 3.15-16 LOR
John the immerser was not the promised Messiah. But people wondered. John pointed to another. He gave them the sign of the Christ, coming in power and judgment.
Many people today wonder about Christ. Like John, we point them to the truth about him. What do you say about him?
#John-the-Baptist #Jesus #VOTD
“Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the Sovereign Lord? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?”
The God of the Old Testament was just as good and gracious as the God of the New. They are the one and same God, contrary to the opinion of many. He is also as holy and fearful as he ever was.
What are some other wrong views of God? Why do people create such ideas about God?
#God #repentance #VOTD
“A naive person believes everything,
but the shrewd person discerns his steps.”
Proverbs rails against those who believe in nothing, v. 9, and those who believe everything. Better to consider careful what is true and right.
Religion has always been full of fake news, or false doctrines. Who can we depend upon to tell us the truth?
#naivete #wisdom #VOTD
“They closed the doors of the temple porch and put out the lamps; they did not offer incense or burnt sacrifices in the sanctuary of the God of Israel.”
2 Chronicles 29.7
In this sad statement, Hezekiah reminded the Levites why God punished their fathers. Instead of keeping the covenant and obeying the Lord, they had other ideas.
How do people close the doors today when they follow their own ideas and fail to serve God?
#disobedience #covenant #VOTD
“The Israelites did all the work according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. Moses inspected all the work – and they had done it just as the Lord had commanded – they had done it exactly – and Moses blessed them.”
God gave Israel a pattern for worship. He did not allow them to approach him according to their own ideas. When they built the tabernacle and did the work as he directed, they were blessed.
God has a pattern for the church as well. What aspects of the church’s pattern bring a blessing?
#pattern #worship #VOTD