Monthly Archives: August 2012

Isaiah 9:1-7 — Come that day

In some ways, it’s been a depressing past couple of months.  Finances have been a bit of a struggle, and I’ll have to admit that it’s hard not to think about. But as I look at this passage, I see … Continue reading

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II Kings 17:24-41 — Serving two (or more) masters

This passage serves as a bit of an epilogue to the end of the kingdom of Israel. After the Israelites were deported to Assyria, other people were brought in by the Assyrians to settle in the Israelite towns.  But soon, … Continue reading

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II Kings 17:1-23 — But I’m not that bad!

In this passage we come to the end of the northern kingdom of Israel.  After a succession of bad kings, it culminates with the reign of Hoshea.  The interesting thing to me is that he wasn’t the worst of the … Continue reading

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II Kings 16:10-16; II Chronicles 28:5-15; Isaiah 8-9 — A rock to stand on; a rock to stumble over.

Compromise.  It’s so easy to do, especially when it comes to our faith.  And God asks us to make a decision.  Will we stand for him?  Or give in to the pressure around us? Two prophets of God, Oded and … Continue reading

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II Kings 16; II Chronicles 28; Isaiah 7-8 — Who do you fear? Who do you trust?

As I mentioned before, when Ahaz son of Jotham took the throne in Judah, he led the people further into idolatry.  It says in Kings and Chronicles that he started making idols for worshiping the Baals and that he even … Continue reading

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II Kings 15:32-38; II Chronicles 27:1-9 — Almost perfect

In this passage, we have a very short account of the reign of King Jotham of Judah.  For the most part, he was a good king.  It says in II Chronicles, He did what was right in the eyes of … Continue reading

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II Kings 15:18-31 — Disobedience, blood, and defeat

At this point, we’ll take a brief break from Isaiah and stick up our heads to see where we are in the book of II Kings. In short, it was the beginning of the end for the northern kingdom of … Continue reading

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Isaiah 6:9-13 — Blinding ourselves

This is one of the most quoted parts of scripture from the Old Testament, and one of the more difficult to understand. God told Isaiah to give the people this message: “Go and tell this people: “ ‘Be ever hearing, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 6:1-8 — Called by God

I’m not sure, but I think this is the first real glimpse of heaven that we ever see in the Bible.  (I suppose Job gives us a glimpse too, but we haven’t gotten there yet). But here is Isaiah, caught … Continue reading

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Isaiah 5:8-30 — Things the Lord hates

God is love. Everyone loves to hear those words.  They’re very comforting words.  But there are things that God hates, and he lists a number of them here. Isaiah wrote, Woe to you who add house to house and join … Continue reading

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Isaiah 5:1-7 — When our protection is gone

It amazes me sometimes how some people absolutely disdain umbrellas.  It can be pouring rain, and they don’t care.  They’d rather walk out in the rain than actually carry an umbrella.  It amazes many Japanese people I know too.  I’ve … Continue reading

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Isaiah 4:1-6 — The one who takes away our disgrace

Disgrace.  Shame.  These are things that can cling to a person, and more times than not, they are things that we have brought upon ourselves by our own choices and actions.  In the midst of it all, we sometimes wonder … Continue reading

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Isaiah 3:8-4:1 — Parading our sin

The words of chapter 3  verse 9 strike me here. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it.  Woe to them!  They have brought disaster upon themselves. It seems … Continue reading

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Isaiah 3:1-7 — No remedy

Every election year, politicians try to get people to vote for them.  In doing so, they point out the problems of society and promise change if they’re elected.  Very rarely do they ever deliver. I wonder how people would respond … Continue reading

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Isaiah 2:6-22 — What do we boast in?

I read a story once of a little boy that had made a bunch of paper boats and paper planes from some old newspapers he found in the basement of his house.  And he was so proud of them, he … Continue reading

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Isaiah 2:1-5 — The end of the book

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like reading the news.  There’s so much bad news all over the world.  Wars, crime, injustice.  And that’s how Isaiah must have felt as he looked around him in Judah. And yet, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 1:10-31 — Something less

Something less.  As I look at this passage, those words resonate in my heart and mind. The Israelites brought offerings and sacrifices to God, but they were something less in His eyes because the people treated them as just religious … Continue reading

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Isaiah 1 — What sin is. What sin does.

And so we hit Isaiah, the first of the major prophets.  I’m probably going to divide this up somewhat within the Kings and Chronicles narratives.  I can’t guarantee everything will be exactly chronological, but as much as  I can, I … Continue reading

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Amos 7-9 — When there’s no turning back

I suppose the tough thing about going through these prophets is that for many of them, especially during this time in the books of Kings and Chronicles, they seem to be beating the same drum, namely that of judgment. I … Continue reading

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Amos 6; Luke 12:13-21 — Self-centeredness, pride, and complacency

This passage reminds me of the parable that Jesus told in Luke 12:13-21.  In the story, a man had a rich crop, and he soon realized that there was no place for him to store all the food.  So what … Continue reading

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Amos 5:16-27 — Are you ready?

Sometimes people look at the evil around them, the crime, the violence, the natural disasters, and just wish that God would intervene already and set all things right.  But do they really understand what they’re asking for? God told the … Continue reading

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Amos 3-5 — With greater knowledge…

Ignorance is bliss.  So they say, anyway.  Actually, according to God, that’s not exactly true.  As we saw in chapters 1 and 2, judgment was coming to the nations around Israel.  What was the reason? “They do not know how … Continue reading

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Amos 1-2 — A time for judgment

As seen in verse 1, Amos was a contemporary of Hosea and Jonah, as well as of Isaiah, and prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah in Judah and Jeroboam II in Israel.  Again, this was a time of material prosperity, … Continue reading

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Hosea 14 — Repentance

Repentance.  One of those words that you hear in the Christian church a lot, but not so much outside of the church walls. What is it really?  That’s what Hosea addresses in this last chapter.  He told the Israelites, Return, … Continue reading

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Hosea 11-13 — Unfaithful

We live in a world today where it almost seems taken for granted that husbands will be unfaithful to their wives, and wives to their husbands.  And because we take it for granted, we lose sight of how painful and … Continue reading

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Hosea 11:1-11 — The unfailing love of God

Does God love me? That’s a question that echoes within the hearts of millions.  But there’s another question that aches within the hearts of many. Does God still love me? So often, we see the love of others and how … Continue reading

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Hosea 10 — Refusing God as king

Election time is coming in the States.  And every four years, people vote for the person they hope will lead the country to prosperity.  And when a new president takes his place, there is often hope in the hearts of … Continue reading

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Hosea 9 — When we refuse to listen

As I read this passage, verses 7-8 jump out at me. Hosea writes, The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this.  Because your sins are so many and your hostility so … Continue reading

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Hosea 5-8 — When words are not enough

My daughter Yumi is now at an age (3) where she can communicate somewhat, and as a result, it’s very clear that she’s starting to understand the concepts of right and wrong. It seems recently, especially, that she’s starting to … Continue reading

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Hosea 4 — When the priests fail to act as priests

Why are morals collapsing in this world?  There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.  There’s murder, adultery, stealing, cursing, lying.  All bounds are being broken.  Bloodshed follows bloodshed. Does this sound familiar?  Hosea wrote … Continue reading

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Hosea 1-3 — The God who pursues us

This is definitely one of the more bizarre stories we see in scripture, God telling Hosea, one of his prophets to get married to a woman that would be unfaithful to him. As this story takes place, Jeroboam II is … Continue reading

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