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Summer is ending….

 So the Summer came and went.  Maybe you thought….

  • I will totally catch up this summer
  • I will have MORE time this summer
  • It will be easier in the summer

 And the truth is….the Summer is a HARD time to keep up because our schedules as Soooooo different day to day. 

Well, here is the good thing.  As far as History goes, we have not really moved that far.  The Israelites are worshipping in their OWN way, thinking that just going through the motions of Church, (oooops…I mean Temple) makes them part of God’s Children.  From the very day the Lord has said You worship BECAUSE you Believe, not TO believe.

The people IGNORED the Lord and God has been WARNING them for HUNDREDS of years (because He is patient, slow to anger and really does Love us).  Well, finally He comes down with a BIG TIME OUT!  He takes His people OUT of the very land He promised them (Called the Promise Land…Ha!) and finally will get their attention.  This time period is called the CAPTIVITY.  So what does this look like?  Well, we have books coming up that will explain what it looks and feels like to be in the Lord’s Captivity.   In August we are going to read….

  • Nahum
  • Zephaniah
  • Jeremiah
  • Habakkuk
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel

 So jump in right here and MAKE time in August.  You will be glad you did.

Isaiah 64-66

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The New Heavens and the New Earth.  Listen,  I am not smart enough  to know what 99% of the Isaiah  is talking about.  But the scriptures that God does reveal to my little head are STRONG.   Isaiah is a Salvation Prophecy.

What is the sin at hand that Isaiah is saying to Judah: ”You are not a saved people??”  Isaiah spoke of it in chapter ONE and closed with it in Chapter 66: The Ritual Religious.  Look at 66 middle of verse 3:

and whoever burns memorial incense,
like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways,
and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them
and will bring upon them what they dread.
For when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, no one listened.
They did evil in my sight
and chose what displeases me.”

If you belong to a church that is not lined up BIBLICALLY and practices orthodox or man-made practices (ALL denomications have churches of rituals), please, and I say this with love,   Seek the Lord and ask him to reveal himself that his death on the Cross is the ONLY way one can be righteous.  Anything else, anything additional, anything “with” the cross, takes Jesus OFF the Cross.

These chapters clearly state that the faithful and the disobedient will be separated with eternal life for the faithful, and eternal punishment for the rest.

In the New Testament we will read about this in many places, one being 2 Peter

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Peter 3:10-14)

In 5 months we will have finished the Bible.  I sat outside about 45 minutes ago thinking about that.  That in 5 small months I will have actually read all of God’s Bible.  I am in awe of that.  Anyway, on that last day we will be reading this very topic.  The climax of the Bible will be awesome vision written by John of the New Heaven and Earth.  John was actually exiled to a deserted island for the purpose of writing Revelations.  If I remember correct, God actually lowered Heaven down so that John could write about exactly what he sees.  Anyway, Chapter 66, the last book of Isaiah will match Book 66 the last book of the Bible.

Chapter 65 was my favorite!  From beginning to end.  I believe he is talking about the Hebrews Plan of Salvation and then the New Heaven and New Earth for all.  starting in 65:17 a small glimpse again of what Heaven will be.  If you think you can even wrap your head around it, know that in our basic language there are not even words to describe it.

Isaiah 59-63

This is tough isn’t it.  Prophecy books in the middle of summer.  If it were not for your accountability, and God pushing me forward I would have piddled out this summer.  Yet here we are, some a little behind BUT still here.  Can I get a WOW from everyone.  Click here

So in this part of Isaiah, the prophet points out to Israel (us) that our sin is what is separating us from God.  They seek Him but cannot find Him.  Why?  Sin.  Why can some hear, feel, see God and others not at all?   Yes,  we all have sinned and will sin. However, what the Lord is saying is you have two paths. One is the road you are on, the other is to acknowledge the sin (confession) and REPENT, agree with God that the sin is wrong and CHANGE our lives accordingly. 

The Redeemer will come to Zion,
       to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,”
      

Chapter 60 gives a picture of a transformed Jerusalem (us). The end of Chapter 60 grabbed me because I recognized some of my favorite visions in Revelations.  I love reading scripture about Heaven not needing a Sun or a moon because there is no such thing as darkness.  It will always be bright from God’s Glory!

Chapter 61. I want you to STOP and Picture Jesus reading scripture in the Temple. 

Go to Luke 4

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 
 ”The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
      because he has anointed me
      to preach good news to the poor.
   He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
      and recovery of sight for the blind,
   to release the oppressed, 
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

 He is reading from the book of Isaiah, a prophecy of the coming Savior.  Can you picture it? Jesus is reading about himself.  This next section is from the Gospel  Luke 4, speaking of Jesus.

READ 61.  I know for sure you will just see our Savior Jesus in every verse!  A Righteous Oak, a Double Portion, a Crown of Beauty, a Robe of Salvation!

Chapter 62.  Many of you know the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”..  Now read 61:1.  For the Kingdom’s sake (Zion) I will not remain quiet!!  Till all the nations (and my friends and family) see His glory in me.  The Fire that is burning inside of me! I will not keep quiet in this politically correct world!  The rest of the chapter I feel like God is describing the NEW ME, the one that knows Jesus.

Chapter 63. God’s Vengeance and Redemption.  I wish I had more time to dig into this, but I feel like the Praise and Prayer is a Summary I could read to someone who would catch them up on the last 212 days.

Isaiah 54-58

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I write in my bible and it is interesting to see what God highlighted for me this year and how completely different this year.  Last year the beginning of 54 was underlined, this year the whole SECOND HALF.  WOW…starting in verse 9, when God speaks of His unfailing love for us, and his Covenant of Peace, and his compassion!  Then, oh my goodness then….the description of Heaven!  Lord have mercy I cannot imagine how beautiful it will be….

I will build you with stones of turquoise,  
       your foundations with sapphires. 

 I will make your battlements of rubies,
       your gates of sparkling jewels,
       and all your walls of precious stones.

  All your sons will be taught by the LORD,
       and great will be your children’s peace.

  In righteousness you will be established:
       Tyranny will be far from you;
       you will have nothing to fear.
       Terror will be far removed;
       it will not come near you.

I am not going to pretend I know the hearts of you  but what I do know is that you will get Chapter 55.  An Invitation to the Thirsty.  You don’t read over 200 days of the Bible straight through seeking the Lord without having something in you that is drawing you to it.

Seek the LORD while he may be found;
       call on him while he is near…..

While He is near…I know you feel HIM.  You can’t have the year you are having without feeling that this might be the closest you have ever felt to  Him.  And for many, the ironic thing is,  this might be our toughest most challenging year.

Very interesting Chapters today.  I seemed to take each one separately, yet they all seemed to apply to me.

Chapter 54: Israel is compared to a Baron woman. In these days,  this was a disgrace.  Children were the only way for a family to continue and survive.  He promises to restore them and redeem them, and compares that promise to the promise He made Noah.  We know that every promise God makes is bound forever, never to be broken.  So we know that everything in Chapter 53 WILL happen.

Chapter 55, An Invitation to the Thirsty (covered above) and a reminder that His thoughts are better than ours, His ways are better than ours.  We need to strive to have less of us and more of Him.  How do we do that? We have to let the old stuff that does not belong in us die.  Not to come back.  As we get rid of all that junk, those thoughts, those motives, those desires, it leaves more room for God to fill us with good stuff, like joy and peace.

Chapter 56. Salvation is for ALL the nations!  And the accusations of the wicked.  Now remember the word wicked is not like what we think of on Halloween, in the  lens of God it is people that plan and scheme to get ahead in life with no incorporation of the Lord.  Self reliant.  Self sustained.  Rely on money.  Self Centered.  Ummmm Would you call most of the nations on earth wicked right now?

Chapter 57.  An awesome Scripture starts this Chapter that will often be needed to answer the WHY…

Good people pass away;
      the godly often die before their time.
      But no one seems to care or wonder why.
   No one seems to understand
      that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
  For those who follow godly paths
      will rest in peace when they die. (Verse 1-2, NLT)

Chapter 58: Fasting.  Read this chapter carefully.  Isaiah talks about what fasting is NOT and what it IS.  Isaiah then gives content that is “If you do this”…”Then this will happen”.  SO as you read it, if you want to have the “Thens” jot down the “Ifs”.  But don’t expect one without the other!

Isaiah 53

5 Chapters today.  I could have written a book on each one, but I am going to write some about 53.  (Actually 52:13 through 53).  This Prophecy to me is like no other.  Each Scripture written of the coming Messiah. 

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

See, my servant will act wisely  
       he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

 14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him 
       his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
       and his form marred beyond human likeness—

 15 so will he sprinkle many nations
       and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
       For what they were not told, they will see,
       and what they have not heard, they will understand.

1 Who has believed our message
       and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
       and like a root out of dry ground.
       He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
       nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

 3 He was despised and rejected by men,
       a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
       Like one from whom men hide their faces
       he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 4 Surely he took up our infirmities
       and carried our sorrows,
       yet we considered him stricken by God,
       smitten by him, and afflicted.

 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
       he was crushed for our iniquities;
       the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
       and by his wounds we are healed.

 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
       each of us has turned to his own way;
       and the LORD has laid on him
       the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
       yet he did not open his mouth;
       he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
       and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
       so he did not open his mouth.

 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
       And who can speak of his descendants?
       For he was cut off from the land of the living;
       for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
       and with the rich in his death,
       though he had done no violence,
       nor was any deceit in his mouth.

 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
       and though the LORD makes  his life a guilt offering,
       he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
       and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

 11 After the suffering of his soul,
       he will see the light of life  and be satisfied  ;
       by his knowledge  my righteous servant will justify many,
       and he will bear their iniquities.

 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,  
       and he will divide the spoils with the strong, 
       because he poured out his life unto death,
       and was numbered with the transgressors.
       For he bore the sin of many,
       and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Description of Salvation.  The ONLY Description of Salvation laid out for us to read.  Start with How much does he Love us??

his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
       and his form marred beyond human likeness—

Theat scripture makes  me feel like Isaiah 6:5…I am a ruined and unclean man and live among unclean people.  Jesus was despised and rejected.  Look at the words I put in red.  He was OUR substitute.  A substitute for people who went their own way!

Oppressed and Afflicted in Hebrew means He was tormented, humiliated, belittled, mocked and shamed!  He was stripped down naked like a sheep being led to the slaughter, and He did not say a word!  WHy??  He was giving Himself…they were not taking him.  Repeat that, He was GIVING himself to us.  Three men on the day of His sacrifice asked him to give words to defend himself

  1. Caiaphas
  2. Pilate
  3. Herod

Jesus knew he was fulfilling scriptures and the plan of Salvation.  In verse 8 it was over.  Finished.  Cut off from the living, for the sins of his people.

Jesus in verse 9 was assigned a grave with the wicked (the two criminals with Him) but was given the tomb of the Rich?  What?  Yes! Matthew 27:57

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.

Finally in verse 10 we read about how this was all the Lord’s will and He makes His offering on the altar And I have to stop and think…How much does he Love us??  How much??

Isaiah 49-53

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Up till now in Isaiah we have read about 5 major themes

  1. The Lord is Sovereign.  God is the Lord, Isaiah  repeats it over and over.  There are no other gods but Him.
  2. God is Holy. Isaiah said in Chapter 6 “Holy , Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is filled with his Glory”.  God is like no other, He is set apart. 
  3. The Doctrine of Sin.  Isaiah knew that sin separated us from the Lord, However, he also knew that meaningless sacrifices were not the remedy.  Only turning our hearts to the Lord, was the key.
  4. To place Faith in the Lord.  Faith is not seeing there is a Lord, but trusting in the Lord.  When we put God as the commander of our ship, it will get where it needs to get, regardless of the path it takes.
  5. The Doctrine of the Remnant.  You have heard me use that phrase several times.  Remnant.  God’s judgement would be so severe that all that would be left would be a remnant in Judah.  We know this has to be because of our next point.  We know that since Genesis the Lord says He will bring a Savior through the line of Judah.

So now we are at one of the most important readings in all the Bible.  The Prophecy’s of these chapters were written 7 centuries before the event of Calvary, yet through Isaiah God was able to lay out His plan for Salvation.  Do you ever stop to  think how much God Loves us to do all this. 

So read these chapters closely.Take a few days if you have to.  Go to the Library if you can.  As each chapter gets closer to 53 the cross references will have more and more New Testament References.  Luke, Matthew, Romans, John, 1 Peter.  Actually you will see in these 4 Chapters everything from Genesis to Revelations!

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Isaiah 44-48

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That was a Long Read.  If we sat and broke each one down it could take us the rest of the year and I bet we would LOVE every scripture in it. 

The reading opens with the Promise of the Holy Spirit. WOW.

For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
       and streams on the dry ground;
       I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
       and my blessing on your descendants.
  They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
       like poplar trees by flowing streams.

  One will say, ‘I belong to the LORD ‘;
       another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
       still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’
       and will take the name Israel.

 

But there were 2 things that I can’t get past.  Isaiah’s accuracy in Prophecy is astounding.  The detail of the captivity is remarkable.  And to prove the words of the Prophet are from the Lord and should be trusted, God gives him the name of the Gentile King that will release them from the upcoming captivity, Cyrus.  Isn’t that amazing. (Being an atheist for so long, I read these scripture with AWE!)

There is something else I have been praying about and not sure how to word.  My intent is never to be divisive however, it is hard to ignore the constant Scriptures on idolatry.  I have only read the Bible a few times, however this year the Lord has highlighted the faith people have  in ”carved images”.  I have spent the better half of my summer deep in research on the History of denominations (don’t do this until you have the whole Bible and all its Doctrine read).  Anyway, I am not about to talk about the differences in denominations but I cannot ignore any longer the topic of faith in other items.

No other man, woman,  ‘saint”, wooden carving,necklace, statue  should ever be exalted.  Ever.  Living or dead.  No shrine to them, no souvenir of them, never bowing down and especially no carved image of them ever.  The better half of Isaiah spoke about how disgusting this is to the Lord.  He is the ONLY one who can hear your prayer.   I repeat the ONLY one who can hear your prayer.  He is the only God.  A statue or relic of anyone or anything is no different from worshipping a statue of Buddha, a  picture of Mohamed, a red bracelet for Kabbala, a carved image of Mary.  They all take Jesus off the Cross.  Ok….got that off my chest.  done.

Last year I had things in my house that were for “Luck”.  I was raised that way.  Elephants with trunks up,  Horoscope Books, Rosary necklace, and to get pregnant: a St. Gerard pin I wore for 9 months to protect my unborn child.  Last year I put them all in a closet, this year they are all in the Trash, and I need to ask for forgiveness in a mighty way.

I am not stirring the pot, just felt the obvious was on the table and should not be ignored any longer.  Have a great day.  Only 2 more months and we are in the New Testament.

Is 40-43

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This is the Shift if the book of Isaiah. (compare it to the shift in Book 40 in the Bible makes, the New Testament).  The past 39 Chapters have been a warning and a preparation for the Captivity.   Now we turn the corner and Chapter 30 talks about their new life when released from Captivity.  A Call to Comfort.    This section speaks so powerfully of God’s Salvation that we as Christians see in it something bigger than the rescue of Israel, but the announcement of the coming Messiah.   

(Historically) As we are reading God will reunite Israel and Judah and restore them but they are still in captivity.  Judah still had 100 years of trouble before Jerusalem would fall, then 70 years of exile.  So God is comforting them during those times, as he does ours.  Chapter 40 referrers to the restoration after the exile.  God will use Cyrus as an instrument to deliver them.

If you have a pen in your hand I am assuming most of Chapter 40 is now underlined.  WHoosh, good stuff.  God is telling them to COMPARE THE LORD TO THE FALSE GODS IN YOUR LIFE…WHAT IS THE COMPARISON?

When we ger to Matthew 3 we will look back to Isaiah 40 to see the fulfillment of Scripture.  See, one of my biggest questions when I became a CHristian was “How do we know this man (Jesus) was the Messiah?  There were thousands of men on earth proclaiming to be “the one”.  Well the answer (besides the obvious Resurrection) is that He fulfills EVERY written Prophecy. 

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
   ”A voice of one calling in the desert,
   ’Prepare the way for the Lord,
      make straight paths for him.’  Isaiah 40:3 and Matthew 3:3

The rest of Chapter 40 was INCREDIBLE.  Read it not as words but as acknowledgement straight to the Lord.  Sometimes we need a little reminder if who God is, well Chapter 40 is it!

Isaiah 40:8  vs 1Peter 1:24

   ”All men are like grass,
      and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
   the grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

Chapter 41, I am sure many of you have heard scriptures before and loved them as ‘stand alone’ scriptures.  You know in a study, or on a mug, or as a word of encouragement.  Well, now I can read them and know exactly who God is referring to and why.  Sometimes is takes Him putting us in our own exile,  or a desert to finally see Him.  Anyway, in 41, the man from the East is actually Cyrus (verse 2).  God is going to use the king of a foreign nation, Persia, as a tool to release the Israelites from captivity, and He continues to comfort His people with a  reminder all the way back to Abraham, that He has been with them and not forsaken them the WHOLE time.

Chapter 42 (DO not skim Chapter 42….I know the reading is long but this is amazing)   700 years before Jesus is born Isaiah describes His coming in such great detail. These words could only be from God through Isaiah.  Look at Chapter 42 and then look at this:

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
      the one I love, in whom I delight;
   I will put my Spirit on him,
      and he will proclaim justice to the nations. 
 He will not quarrel or cry out;
      no one will hear his voice in the streets. 
 A bruised reed he will not break,
      and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
   till he leads justice to victory. 
 In his name the nations will put their hope.” Mt 12:18-21

Look at Isaiah 42  verse 6 in that Chapter for you to know that us Gentiles were always included in God’s plan.

CHAPTER 43.  READ this as God is speaking to YOU.  That is the purpose.  This is a chapter we need to keep that little ribbon in all the time.  I am going to read it again.  PLEASE share the one verse that really popped out at you.  Underline it.  Date it.  Smiley face it. Know that He is talking to Jew and Gentile, for those who believe in the Savior Jesus this message is written.

Isaiah 37-39; Psalm 76

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Sometimes when we read the Bible it is normal to have moments where it is so good and then times when we feel dry.  Don’t get discouraged by the roller coaster emotions of being in the Word.  If the reading is not “grabbing you”,  clear your head and be still.  Then read. Don’t always get stressed about who these Kings are, what is going on exactly, where were we again.  Just understand that on every page God has a plan for Jesus to come into our lives to give us the Holy Spirit to discern and guide us through this world.

Today’s reading could mean something different to everyone.  That’s the best part about it.  God is personal.  One on One.  For me the read today God wanted me to know that PRAYER matters!  Prayer is a gift that has been given to us that most people never take out of the box.

Remember the overview in Isaiah (I barely do) but I remember the part about this book being mini format of the bible.  Well what we are finishing today is the Old Testament part.  The first 40 chapters were Words of Judgement (OT) the  next 26 Chapters will be Words of Comfort (NT).  SO this is it.  The pivot.

Chapter 37 was beautiful to read.  Hezekiah did what Isaiah has been preaching for 36 Chapters.  Turn to the Lord.  And He does.  In verse 4 he prays for a remnant to survive out of Judah.  (we already know where this is going, JESUS!) Anyway, Hezekiah prays and acknowledges that God ALONE is God.  (Hezekiah’s prayer is amazing.  Verse 14-20.  His acknowledgment of being the one true God and that gods carved by wood or stone is pagan).  There is ONLY one worthy of our Prayer!  ONE.  Key word there, they never denied there was a God, just that they had adopted all the pagan Gods too, so remember that Jesus is the only way…Oprah Winfrey is wrong) and Hezekiah asks for victory….why?? Verse 20, did you catch the SO THAT.  So That all the kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, Oh Lord, are God.

I could not pass up this cut and paste (Verse 31)

Once more a remnant of the house of Judah
will take root below and bear fruit above.

For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.

Chapter 37 ends with the Miracle of Assyria falling in a day.  (You have to picture the Greatest World Power Falling in a day to an enemy nation…Oh never mind, we can see it happening already in America…go back to the reading).

Chapter 38.  Hezekiah PRAYS and God hears it.  And God gives Hezekiah a SIGN of His promise.  Go underline Chapter 38 verse 7 in your Bible.  God WILL give us a sign if needed.  Hezekiah’s sign from the Lord was moving the Sun back 10 steps in shadow.  Be in Awe of God and DO not think it is coincidence when he gives us a “little” sign of confirmation or acceptance.  If He can draw the sun back, surly he can speak through a bumper sticker if He needs to.  As we read the rest of 38 remember Hezekiah did not have the Full Bible with description of How wonderful Heaven is and that Jesus goes up to prepare a place for us, so his speaking of the grave would be confusing…but 38 ends with His reassurance that He will see Heaven, the temple of the Lord…because of the SIGN, the sun moving back. 🙂

39.  I had to look up the word Envoy, just in case it was something more than it was.  The definition is A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission.  Merodach-Baladan was a Babylonian Prince.  He was planning a revolt against Assyria and was forming his alliance with Judah.  He probably hoped to  convince Hezekiah to join his side (wouldn’t you want the Lord’s power on your team??)  Hezekiah feeling honored  and maybe his head was held a bit too high showed the envoys his treasures (ouch, Prideful for what the Lord had blessed him with), But Isaiah had warned the king not to trust Babylon because some day they would turn on Judah and steal all that wealth!  Hezekiah may have been just showing them all that God could bring to someone but still, this gesture has a huge consequence that we will read about in Daniel and 2 Kings 25. ( umm…if you don’t know what a eunuch is….email me)

Isaiah 35-36

Two Chapter.  Two VERY important Chapters so take your time today.

35: Joy of the Redeemed.  We have spent 34 Chapters in Isaiah speaking about Judgment of Judah, Israel, Neighbors and the whole World.  We have read it as Historical Prophecy as well as current Prophecy.  So as you read Isaiah, it will speak you you personally in one of three ways.  Would love to know which one was for you.

  • As God in one swift move collapses the most  powerful nation in the World, the Assyrians, so that His People, the ones He loves even though they have sinned and sinned and sinned can now be redeemed.  And as they enter back into the Holy Land, they see all God’s Splendor!  In verse 4, He has come to Save them.
  • The message God may have for you is personal.  Our personal Redemption.  As we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, nothing, I mean Nothing  is the same again.  Our Blind eyes are opened, our deaf ears can now hear!
  • Last, there will be a Final Redemption.  When the whole world will be judged and the remnant will be taken up to Zion, the largest battle will happen and God will win (If you have not read the end of the bible, sorry to ruin it for you…LOL!)

Chapter 36.  The defeat of the Assyrian Army is recorded 3 times in the Bible.  Here in Isaiah, 2 Kings 18-19, and 2 Chrons 32.  When you think of Miracles, this should be  near the top of the list.  In one night the Assyrian Army is destroyed by God.

Let’s pick through  the Chapter though.  Sennacherib is the King of Assyria, he is reigning at the same time of Hezekiah.  Sennacherib has completely captured all cities of Judah and now has a taunting message for Judah basically laughing at them for aligning with Egypt (God wasn’t the only one who realized how stupid that was).  SO then the messenger even says “God told us to destroy you”.  (easy to fool someone that does not know the Lord, that is why we need to KNOW our Bible!  so we filter advice!)