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February 22, 2019

ISAIAH 40-44  

DAY 55: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verses For Today: Isaiah 40:27-31

 

Take a few minutes to ask God to guide you through our journey of Isaiah 40-44 today. While you are talking with God share what’s on your mind. Pray for a friend. Pray for issues plaguing our society. Ask God for His direction. Now read Isaiah 40-44. Let’s journey together.

 

Chapter 40 of Isaiah begins with the prophecy of John the Baptist’s call for the children of Israel to repent of their sin and return to the worship of their God, the only true God. 

 

This chapter tells that the children of Israel are weary waiting for God’s deliverance and of their continued failure to repent from their sinful ways. Our focus verse for today reminds His children who He is: 

 

27Why do you complain, Jacob?

    Why do you say, Israel,

“My way is hidden from the Lord;

    my cause is disregarded by my God”?

28Do you not know?

    Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

    the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

    and his understanding no one can fathom.

29He gives strength to the weary

    and increases the power of the weak.

30Even youths grow tired and weary,

    and young men stumble and fall;

31but those who hope in the Lord

    will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

    they will run and not grow weary,

    they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:27-31, NIV)

 

Jacob complains that God is not hearing him. God responds that you (Jacob) do not understand My (God’s) ways. God reminds Jacob that He, God, is the creator of everything and that those who grow weary, who keep their hope in Lord, will be restored by the Lord. It is important to know the character of God. When life frustrates us to the point of wondering where God is; that is, that is, that is the time to ask ourselves where we are. 

 

In chapter 41, God expresses Himself to Isaiah as Israel’s Redeemer, challenging all other nations and their false gods.  The false gods are challenged to predict the future and were unable to do so. While the true God, the God of Israel, the Redeemer, delivers them from the hands of their oppressors and their false gods as He opens His arms to the refugees to Israel seeking His peace.(Isaiah 41:1-29)

 

Chapter 42 declares that God is sending a servant to restore justice to the nations. The servant is Jesus the Christ. (Isaiah 42:1-9) The Song of Praise to the Lord. (Isaiah 42:10-17)  The remainder of the chapter, God chastised Israel for failing to recognize God for who God is: The only true God! God does not tolerate idol worship, then or now. (42:18-25)

 

Chapter 43 begins with God telling Israel, through Isaiah, that He is Israel’s only Savior.  God ask’s Israel what He is going to do with them, a spiritually deaf and blind nation. God choses to save them. Although not our focus verse for today it needs to be placed here: 

 

22“Yet you have not called on me, Jacob,

    you have not wearied yourselves for me, Israel.

23You have not brought me sheep for burnt offerings,

    nor honored me with your sacrifices.

I have not burdened you with grain offerings

    nor wearied you with demands for incense.

24You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me,

    or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.

But you have burdened me with your sins

    and wearied me with your offenses.

25“I, even I, am he who blots out

    your transgressions, for my own sake,

    and remembers your sins no more.

26Review the past for me,

    let us argue the matter together;

    state the case for your innocence.

27Your first father sinned;

    those I sent to teach you rebelled against me.

28So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;

    I consigned Jacob to destruction

    and Israel to scorn. (Isaiah 43:22-28)

 

God’s love for us, as it is for His people Israel, is incomprehensible.  He not only forgives our sin. He forgets our sin. There is a life lesson in that. Have you ever heard the phrase the patience of Job? Does Job’s patience compare to God’s patience for us? The problem with relying on God’s patience to protect us from God’s wrath is patience  eventually ends. (Isaiah 43:14-28)

 

Chapter 45 begins with God confirming that Israel is His chosen people (Isaiah 44:1-5).  The Lord then presents a choice. Everyone will choose either the Lord or an idol. God then goes into a discourse explaining the source of idols and their powerlessness. (Isaiah 44:6-23) In closing this chapter of Isaiah the Lord confirms that Jerusalem shall be restored. (44:24-28)

 

Our journey today contrasts faith in God against idol worship. Take out your journals! Warm up the thinker! Today’s journey leaves us with a lot to consider. Get your pens ready! Get your thinker in contemplation mode! Is it possible to worship idols and not even know it? In today’s world our time is competed for greatly. What is competing for your time? How much time is spent at work each week? How much time is spent at recreational activities? How much time is spent with your family? Your wife? Your children? Developing a relationship with God? How much time to you spend in prayer?  Did you seek God’s counsel in the decisions you make? Do you have an idol problem?  Godspeace!

  

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