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WEEK 5 includes Isaiah 52 – Hosea 10
a brief summary from this weeks reading
The end of chapter 51 describes Jerusalem and its people. Isaiah’s speaks of a period about two centuries after his own life. It is 65 years since Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city. The present inhabitants have only known rule by foreigners.
God will rescue Jerusalem (Chapter 52)
The Lord’s people come home from Babylon (Chapter 52)
The Lord’s Servant will suffer, but He will have victory (53)
The number of God’s people will increase vastly (54)
The Lord’s invitation:
“Come, all you who are desperate to drink. Here is water! Come, even if you have no money. Buy grain! You need no money. Eat all that you want. Come, buy wine and milk. It is all free” (55)
The Lord declares, ‘My plans are not your plans. Neither are your ways my ways. v9 As the sky is so much higher than the earth, so my ways are much higher than your ways. My plans are so much higher than your plans. v10 Rain and snow come down from the sky. But they do not go back again before they have watered the ground. That helps the ground to grow corn. And so the ground provides seed for people to sow and bread for them to eat. v11 So it is with the word that I speak. My word will not return to me without any result. My word will perform my plan. It will carry out my purpose.’ (55)
God’s people will include all nations (56)
God’s loyal people may suffer
The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (57:1,20
Wrong practice of religion/Right practice of religion, Holy Days (58)
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (59:1,2)
God’s Servant brings good news. (61)
The LORD says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that did not call on my name. (65:1) NIV
Below is a video from the read scripture app. (these videos are so well done and bring scripture to life!)
Aren’t these videos awesome!
It is heartbreaking and convicting to understand that God’s righteous judgement was so slow in coming. Each time, He warns, each time He pleads with His people…
”I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found but no one was looking for me!”
Isaiah continues to relay God’s message of judgement, but it’s always tempered with HOPE!
(Without Righteous judgement there is no justice!)
The Hope was coming in the form of a Servant King. God’s plan to redeem His stubborn, prideful people.
The video above touched me so much.
The visual of this truth in “doodle form” came from what was captured in this clip.
Jesus sets aside His deity (coming down from the mountain / beside His Father) to bring an urgent message of GOOD NEWS. (Euangelion/ Greek for Good news!)
He steps into human flesh with the knowledge of his eventual betrayal, torture & death because He would rather DIE than be WITHOUT US.
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Use the image below to trace in your Bible!
* I choose not to cover up text (God’s Word) when I journal. Occasionally it happens by accident, and when it does I re-write the text that was covered. (This happened with the word beautiful, above. Definitely not intentional!)
Hosea, brings this message good news to “life” through his own personal story. God allows us to see the struggle we have with sin, through Gomer. We can easily relate to the huge challenge Hosea faced.
Forgive the “unforgivable” the underserving… even when they turn away from you in betrayal.
This is a picture of God and His people! He gives us undeserved forgiveness. (Grace)
He doesn’t stop there!
He washes our dirty rags (sin) with the blood of the lamb. (Jesus) When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Father sees us clean! Righteous…Holy.
I had a conversation with my daughter about the challenge we have in reading and understanding the Old Testement. She reminded me of something Jennie Allen said:
”The Old Testement is written to show us we can’t do it ourselves!”
I’m so thankful that I am digging into the whole council of God. We need to know the WHOLE story to understand the message…it is all about LOVE…it is all about Christ:)
May this be a blessing to you as you spend time with the Lord!