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Monday, March 12, 2018

71 Days in Isaiah: Day 6: Isaiah 2:22 - 4:1

Isaiah 2:22-4:1

Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?  See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter.  “I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.”  People will oppress each other— man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored.  A man will seize one of his brothers in his father’s house, and say, “You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!”  But in that day he will cry out, “I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.”  Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.  The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.  Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.  Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.  Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.  The LORD takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.  The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.  What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.  The LORD says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.  Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald.”  In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.  Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding.  Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle.  The gates of Zion will lament and mourn; destitute, she will sit on the ground.  In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, “We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!”


Wrath, judgement, fear of God.  There are a lot of similarities between Israel and the US.  I think we as a people need to pay attention.  As a believer in Christ, my debt is paid by His blood, but for those who don’t know...or want to know Christ...the wrath of God is coming.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

71 Days in Isaiah: Day 5: Isaiah 2:5-21

Isaiah 2:5-21

Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.  You, LORD, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs.  Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.  Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.  So people will be brought low and everyone humbled— do not forgive them.  Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty!  The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.   The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan, for all the towering mountains and all the high hills, for every lofty tower and every fortified wall, for every trading ship and every stately vessel.  The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.  People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.  In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.  They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.


What do I put in front of the Lord?  Is my pursuit of things, the treasures of this world, affecting my relationship with God?  I am guilty of having idols.  I have walked past a homeless person and judged that they were just going to buy drugs with what I gave them.  I put my pride and self before Christ.  Christ said we would always have the poor with us, I believe it is our job to help them, in the love of Christ...what that homeless person does with what I gave them, that shouldn’t matter to me.  Do I always do what I believe, no; but I’m workin’ on it.


I should have nothing in my possession that I would not be willing to give up, if Christ called me to give it up.  That thought scares me a little, to be honest...I like my stuff.  But as I grow in Christ I am struck by how little worth those things have.  I can’t take it with me when I die!!  When I am before the Lord, the only thing I have to justify me is the redeeming blood of Christ.  Will I have to answer for all that I have said and done, sure...but I have been bought and paid for.  I would like to hear, “well done thou faithful servant” when Christ looks at my life.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

71 Days in Isaiah: Day 4: Isaiah 2:1-4

yeah...I know.....hard to stay hooked when you have big gaps between posts.  Hang with me though!

Isaiah 2:1-4


This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.  Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.



No matter what is happening in our lives, God is still God.  He is and will, rule on high!