March 3, 2022
DAY 62 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses: Isaiah 50:10-11
Once again, we have returned to our study of prophecy in the book of Isaiah. We do not always understand God’s plan. We do not always see God’s plan. God can and does use unexpected people to carry out His plans. There is no limitation to God’s power!
Take some time to ask the Lord to give you His understanding of our journey through Isaiah today. After you have finished reading Isaiah 45-50, let’s begin our journey!
Isaiah 45-50: God will use King Cyrus to execute His (God’s) will in delivering God’s people, Israel. King Cyrus was a pagan, not a Jew, so the people of Israel could not understand why God would use him. God made it clear that He (God) is the creator of all that is and that He will use whomever He desires to fulfill His will. God exposes the gods of Babylon as nothing more than man-images, which can do nothing. The Lord will destroy Babylon. There is nothing to save them from God’s wrath. God’s warning is also an opportunity to turn from sorcery and incantations by turning to Him, God, to deliver them from their idol worship. God speaks to Israel while they are captive in Babylon, telling them that their captivity is a result of worshiping Him in name only and not their daily lives. God delivers Israel from Babylon. Jesus’ coming, to rescue the Jews and Gentiles who choose to surrender their lives to Him, is foretold. In God’s timing, Jerusalem will be restored. Israel does not seek God’s deliverance by reaching out to Him as His servant. They chose to malign God’s ability to deliver them. God responds. (Isaiah 45:1-50:11)
Our focus verse for today:
10Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on their God.
11But now, all you who light fires
and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires
and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand:
You will lie down in torment.
(Isaiah 50:10-11, NIV)
No human being fully understands the mystery of God. Can we comprehend someone who always was? Can we comprehend someone who makes something from nothing? The complexity of the world indicates that something more than coincidence resulted in the formation of the world as we know it. It all boils down to trust. Do you put your trust in your torch? Your torch! Your understanding! Yourself! Do you put your trust in God’s servant? God’s servant, His Son, came to us as the light that delivers those who trust in Him from darkness. Where do you place your trust? In yourself! In Jesus!
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