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DBR 2023


March 10, 2023

ISAIAH 51-55
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Focus Verses For Today: Isaiah 55:6-9

IsaiahOur journey through the book of Isaiah today is the journey of redemption. In today’s journey, God confirms that the unjust, those who challenge His ways, and threaten to separate His creation from Him, shall receive His judgment; however, God proclaims redemption for those who seek after Him by adopting His ways.

Before reading Isaiah 51-55, take some time to seek out the Lord. Seek His understanding of today’s reading. Read Isaiah 51-55. Let’s journey!

Isaiah 51-55: The righteous of the Lord becoming weary waiting on Him. Isaiah shares God’s revelation with the weary allowing them comfort in God has not forgotten them and that God will punish their tormentors. God proclaims that He will restore Israel in Jerusalem. Remember, the Babylonians had occupied Jerusalem and had defiled it by worshiping false gods there, engaging in every sin known, and openly blaspheming the God of Israel. Judgment and restoration are coming. The coming of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, is foretold.

The prophecy also tells of how He will be received by His people, Israel. The detail of His life with us on earth is so explicit, yet so simply stated, it is difficult to understand how anyone could not know that Jesus is the Son of God. That Jesus is our Redeemer. God describes Jerusalem as a bride who has departed her husband. God is referring to the sin of Israel and the debauchery of Babylonian captivity. As a husband should his wife, God reclaims the Holy City, Jerusalem, restoring her to a more glorious and beautiful state than Jerusalem was before. God invites all to seek after Him, find Him, know Him, because there will come a time when it will be too late. God also cautions the reader by letting us know that we mere mortals cannot understand Him. We must come to Him, trusting Him in faith. (Isaiah 51:1-55:13)

Chapter 55 holds our focus verses for today:

6Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:6-9, NIV)

Have you ever wondered why God hates sin? Have you ever thought about what sin really is? No not telling a lie, cheating on your spouse, stealing, using the Lord’s name in vain, and on and on and … Stop thinking in the flesh about it! Think about it spiritually! What is sin from a spirit-focused perspective in God’s eyes?

9“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:9, NIV)

As you consider the question, “what is sin from a spirit focused perspective in to God,” Isaiah 55:9, and consider if you have ever made something from nothing.


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