Isaiah

Isaiah 59-63

Chapter 59.  What separates us from God?  This chapter is talking about the people in year 700 BC as much as He is talking to us.

59 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.

Each of our daily sins is like a brick.  Every time we ignore God’s ways in our thoughts and actions is a brick.  Sometimes it is a sin that we “do”.  Sometimes ignoring what we should do is the sin.  Make sense?   So at the end of the day…how many bricks do you have piled up?  Do you have enough to build a wall like me??  Reread it:

59 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.

Sin is the wall.

BUT God makes Promises that he does not break.  Through repentance…He removes the bricks for us.  We don’t remove them, He does..so we can hear Him and see Him daily.  Maybe we need to start examining our bricks! (sorry, I am not sure why I am preachy today…I think I just have a lot of bricks to look at).  Because we should not doubt that He is on the other side of that wall!!

21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.


Chapter 60- As Isaiah writes to the people in Captivity that feel hopeless, God gives them a Word of hope for their future.  The WILL be redeemed. Not just the remnant people that Cyrus will set free to return to Jerusalem, but foreigners will be includes.  We are the foreigners…the Gentiles.  We are part of His remnant people.

As we read this and we see that there will be ANOTHER redemption of His people in the 2nd coming. The Lord will come back and set us free.  The enemy is clearly reeking havoc on the world BUT we don’t need to fret about it.  Verse 15-22 give us a glimpse of what is to come!


Chapter 61/62  Read this again like you are watching cast with split screen.  Pick the “speaker” that is talking to you.  Our quiet time in the Bible is personal-

  • Do you see Him talking to the Israelites that will return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple for the Messiah to come?
  • Do you see Jesus coming to save Believers?
  • So you see the 2nd coming and the creation of the New Heaven and Earth?
  • Do you see your own Salvation and how He redeems us personally?

Depending on your relationship with this read, you will hone in on one of them.


Isaiah 63- When the Final Battle happens…there will be only ONE that can save us.  The Lord can scan the whole earth and NONE of us will be good enough…no matter what your “good deeds” are.  Jesus is the ONLY one that fits the description.

4 It was for me the day of vengeance;
    the year for me to redeem had come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
    I was appalled that no one gave support;
so my own arm achieved salvation for me,
    and my own wrath sustained me.
6 I trampled the nations in my anger;
    in my wrath I made them drunk
    and poured their blood on the ground.”


I end with this:  Since Genesis the Hebrews have been Misfits!  When they cried out He saved them!  ALWAYS!  God does allow for natural consequences to their actions happen BUT His arm always comes down and tramples the enemies around them.  He paves a way for them to always return to the Temple where He lives.  Even when He has been ignored for a VERY LONG TIME. (like when I couldn’t find my Bible in December to do this read through because I ignored him for so long).

7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,
    the deeds for which he is to be praised,
    according to all the Lord has done for us—
yes, the many good things
    he has done for Israel,
    according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

I will probably start Mid chapter 63 today…I need to study it more.

Isaiah

Day 213- Sorry…I had to go back…

Sorry, I need to go back.  Yesterday we read chapter 58 and I just checked it off my list and moved on.  I had to go back to it and this is crazy…that is what the scripture was about and I didn’t even SEE IT!! (Maybe because my priorities were not on God when I was reading).

Can I just lift you up for 1 minute.  Today is day 213.  

Can you imagine 2020 without your Bible.  Many churches are still closed.  Think about it…if you attend church (even just sometimes)- that is where we normally hear the Word of God.  That is the only time of the week we read a scripture unless we have Hobby Lobby wall art in our house.   Is that working for the World?  Let me ask you…how many of you feel closer to God now than ever before BECAUSE you spend time with your Bible now more than ever before (and I know you get behind and then jump in or catch up…IT IS OK!!) .  213 days in the Bible is 4 YEARS of SUNDAY’S at church.

Now let me ask you…Are you different?  When I say that I mean: are you able to contain your words this year? Do you serve the people around you a little different? Do you feel more humble?  I am different, on the inside and I hope that it spills out into my actions.

So here is the question: Is what the World doing working?  Is outward “fasting” enough. What we do in Public?

God wants True Fasting=True Worship- what does it mean to be a Christian? 

Isaiah 58 (yesterday)-Hang on every word….

‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
    ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?’

You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.