January 7, 2022
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Day 006: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: Isaiah 5:18-23
Take some time to seek God’s guidance and understanding for our journey through Isaiah 1-6 today. Read Isaiah 1-6. Let’s journey!
Commentary: 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 the control of the son of Solomon’s servant. The split occurred in 931 BC. During the nearly 200 years in between the split and the writing of Isaiah, the two nations were often at war.
During the beginning of Isaiah’s ministry, Israel and Judah, where Isaiah resided, were experiencing a time of peace, leading the people to think that God was pleased with them. Isaiah begins his ministry by disabusing the people of Judah from this illusion. In the first chapter of Isaiah, we see how God views Judah. The nation of Judah is immoral, no longer following Him. They sacrifice to Him, yet refuse to live their lives according to Him, believing that their sacrifice is enough. The Lord is calling for the heartfelt repentance of Judah, not ritualistic sacrifices. Failing to repent will lead to destruction.
In chapter two, Isaiah warns of trusting in man and worshipping man-made objects. Currently, we have a choice of whom and what we will worship: man or God? The time will come when there is no choice and all will exalt the Lord. In the following chapter, chapter three, Isaiah warns the prideful that God will take away that which makes one prideful and reduce their wealth to ruins. When this time comes to pass, those who follow the Lord will rejoice and be blessed (chapter 4).
In the beginning of chapter five, Isaiah reminds the people of Judah that the Lord has cared for them, protected them, and loved them, yet they have turned their back on Him. Accordingly, God will judge the sin of His people severely. As chapter five continues, Isaiah warns that judgment day is coming. In chapter six, we have Isaiah’s commission, his assignment from the Lord. Isaiah is to go to the people and warn them of the coming judgment, although Isaiah is warned that the people will not listen to him.
Focus Verses: 5:18-23 – Much of today’s reading provides a warning to the reader. These verses warn against not knowing what is right and wrong in God’s eye. If we do not know what is right and wrong, then how we will be able to stand against those who seek to deceive us?
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