January 22, 2021
DAY 20: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today we continue our journey through the book of Isaiah, who was a prophet of the Lord. What is a prophet? What does a prophet do? A prophet is a person through whom God chose to communicate to His people. A prophet was loved when he communicated God’s blessing upon the people. A prophet was not-so-loved when the message given expressed God’s judgement upon them. A prophet was undoubtedly a person with absolute trust in God and unimaginable courage, because it was the prophet standing alone in announcement against the entire Nation of Judah. Hundreds of thousands to one, with God being the equalizer, so to speak.
Take some time to seek God’s guidance and understanding for our journey through Isaiah 12-17 today. Read Isaiah 12-17. Let’s journey!
Following Solomon’s death, the Kingdom of Israel was split in two; Judah, in the south, consisted of two tribes and remained under the control of Solomon’s son Rehoboam, while Israel, to the north, consisted of the remaining ten tribes and came under control of Jeroboam. The split occurred around 930 BC. During the nearly 200 years in between the split and the writing of Isaiah, the two nations were often at war. Throughout the book of Isaiah, the prophet offers both messages of coming judgement and of hope for redemption.
Isaiah 12-17: A song of praise is given to the Lord by the restored people, just as their ancestors did when they were delivered from Egypt. The complete and total devastation of Babylon is prophesied – no one left alive. The Assyrian army, used to destroy Babylon, will also be completely destroyed. We see Lucifer being thrown out of heaven – the first sin. The defeat of the Philistines will occur. (The Philistines were later defeated by King Hezekiah). The Moabites will be destroyed, as will several strong cities in Syria and Israel. (Isaiah 12:1-17:14)
Read chapters 12 through 17 and ask yourself these questions: What warning of judgment is Isaiah giving? What message of hope is Isaiah giving? Why is Isaiah giving a message of both judgement and hope?
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