January 20, 2023
DAY 20 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verse for Today: Isaiah 17:6-8
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 judgment 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!
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 will be 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)
Our focus verses for today:
6Yet some gleanings will remain,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,
four or five on the fruitful boughs,”
declares the Lord, the God of Israel.
7In that day people will look to their Maker
and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
8They will not look to the altars,
the work of their hands,
and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles[a]
and the incense altars their fingers have made.
(Isaiah 17:6-8, NIV)
Lucifer was thrown out of Heaven for his sin. Lucifer, in the form of a snake, went on to convince Eve, who then convinced Adam, to sin, leading to them being kicked out of the Garden of Eden because God cannot tolerate sin. Sin was brought into the world and it has never left. The sin of the Babylonians, the Philistines, the Assyrian army, and the Moabites brought about their deaths at the hand of God. Lucifer had the most incredible position in heaven and he sinned. Adam and Eve had a perfect life and they sinned. Cain’s sin of murdering his brother Abel brought forth a people, the Canaanites, that reveled in (Babylon) their sin. What is our fascination with sin? Is it related to free will? What does sin have to do with separation from God?
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