Monthly Archives: September 2012

Micah 6 — Empty religion

“I call to the stand the people of Israel.” That’s basically the opening of Micah 6, where God calls the Israelites to account in a court-like atmosphere. He cross-examines them, saying, My people what have I done to you?  How … Continue reading

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Micah 5:5-15 — When the enemy comes against us

Throughout its history, Israel has constantly been surrounded by its enemies.  And in this passage, Assyria seems to be used as a type of all the enemies that would come against Israel.  But Micah prophesies here the ultimate triumph of … Continue reading

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Micah 5:1-5 — The one who brings peace

Peace.  What would you pay to have peace in your life?  That’s what the Israelites must have been thinking when Micah was writing.  I suspect that many Jews feel the same way even today. Micah here prophesies the fall of … Continue reading

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Micah 4:6-13 — God’s plans

The thing that amazes me about God is that he’s never surprised; he’s never caught off guard by the things that happen in this world. We, on the other hand, are often caught up short by our circumstances, and as … Continue reading

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Micah 4:1-5 — Not forever

If there is one place that has soured on war, it’s Japan.  If you would interview most people in Japan, you’d find that they take a much dimmer view of war than probably any other developed nation.  Probably because they … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 30-31 — Qualities of a leader

For some reason, the verbs associated with Hezekiah in these two chapters really strike me.  And they’re words that show the qualities God wants in his leaders.  What are they? Hezekiah prayed for his people (30:18).  In this case, there … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 30-31 — A call to repentance

One of the interesting things in this passage was that at a time when there were probably still hard feelings between Israel and Judah, Hezekiah reached out to the remnant that remained in the northern kingdom after the Assyrians had … Continue reading

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II Kings 18:1-12; II Chronicles 29 — Returning to God

It’s been a while since we’ve hit the history books.  Time to get back in it.  And here we run into one of the great kings of Judah, Hezekiah.  The writer of Kings says of him, There was no one … Continue reading

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Isaiah 22:15-25 — A self-centered life

Who are you living for?  For many people, the answer is, “Myself.”  And that’s definitely who Shebna, the palace steward, was living for. He thought so much of himself, that he even had a tomb carved out for himself, something … Continue reading

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Isaiah 22:1-14 — Trying to plug up the holes

So often we look at our lives, and we see the mess we’ve made of it.  Maybe it’s in our marriages.  Or in our other relationships.  Or in our finances.  And so we set out to plug up the holes … Continue reading

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Micah 3 — Non-rock-a-boatis

Famous cult expert Walter Martin once noted a serious problem within the Christian church.  He identified it by its Latin name, “non-rock-a-boatis.”  In other words, “Whatever you do, don’t rock the boat.  Don’t say anything that will upset anybody.” Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Micah 2:6-11 — I don’t want to hear it

“I don’t want to hear it!” How often do we say these words when it comes to God’s word?  We’re going through some trouble in our lives, we read something in the Word that deals with the situation, and immediately … Continue reading

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Micah 2:1-5 — Just because you can

Here God condemns people for their blatant sins.  Sometimes people sin, but it’s a thing of the moment.  Perhaps, for example, we get angry with someone, and we react in a wrong way. But here, people actually were planning out … Continue reading

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Micah 1 — Following the sins of others

We’re going to take a short break from Isaiah here for a couple of reasons.  First, Isaiah is just about to prophesy against Jerusalem, and here, Micah does the same.  And second, we need to do some catching up with … Continue reading

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Isaiah 21:11-17 — A temporary relief, an eternal hope.

These were prophesies made against Edom (Dumah) and Arabia.  And these prophesies let them know in uncertain terms that disaster was coming to both. In verse 11, the Edomites cry out, “What is left  of the night?”  In other words, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 21:1-10 — Hope for those who have been crushed

I’ve always thought this was a passage that was foretelling the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians during the time of Daniel.  But it’s also possible that it’s referring to the Babylonians joining with the people of Elam … Continue reading

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Isaiah 20, 30:1-5, 31:1-3 — Stubborn

When I received my training for teaching children, my instructor taught me that if you really want to get a point across, you should repeat it at least three times.  The first time, they’re usually not really listening, the second … Continue reading

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Isaiah 19 — Struck to be blessed, and to be a blessing

I grew up to a lot of spankings when I was a kid.  Well, maybe not a lot, but a lot more than I want to remember.  It was never very pleasant, but as I look back on it now, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 18 — Though God seems silent

Sometimes as we look at all the evil that is around us, we wonder where God is?  Why doesn’t he do something?  Is he doing anything at all?  Does he even care? And indeed, that seems to be the case … Continue reading

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Isaiah 17 — Forgetting God

Out of sight, out of mind.  Unfortunately, for many people, even Christians, this applies to their relationship with God.  We can’t see him physically, and if we’re not actively seeking him, it’s easy to let him slip from our minds.  … Continue reading

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Isaiah 15-16 — Compassion for our brothers

Hatred can be worst when it’s between brothers or close relatives.  Probably because our expectations are much higher for people who are supposed to be our kin. In the same way, the Moabites should have had a much better relationship … Continue reading

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Isaiah 14:28-32 — Something worse

We get a peek at the timeline in this passage, and find that Ahaz has just died as Isaiah writes this, but it’s probably not of Ahaz’s death that Isaiah writes about in verse 29. The Philistines were probably rejoicing … Continue reading

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Isaiah 14:24-27 — The God whose purposes stand

Sometimes we look at our circumstances and wonder if God really has a plan for us.  Or we wonder if somehow, God had a plan for us, but because of our own mistakes or sins, or perhaps because of some … Continue reading

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Isaiah 14 — The fall of our Enemy

This passage is a continuation of chapter 13, talking about the judgment that was to come upon Babylon.  And while I don’t believe that this passage is specifically talking about Satan himself (some people particularly associate verses 12-14 to Satan), … Continue reading

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Isaiah 13 — The day of judgment

This chapter starts a series of judgments that God proclaims against the different nations.  And in this chapter, Isaiah starts with Babylon.  But as Isaiah talks about Babylon, we also see in it the judgment that is yet to come. … Continue reading

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Isaiah 12 — The joy of salvation

Last Sunday, I was listening to a message on John 3 at church.  And our pastor was talking about verse 16, probably one of the most famous, if not the most famous verse in the Bible.  And he asked a … Continue reading

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Isaiah 11 — This same Spirit

This passage, of course, is talking about Jesus.  How when he came to this earth, the Holy Spirit would rest on him, with all wisdom and understanding, knowledge and power.  It then talks about the kingdom that is to come, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 10:20-34 — For those who trust in Him

I love the words God spoke to the Israelites.  After talking about how he would bring down the Assyrians, he told the people of Israel, In that day, the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will … Continue reading

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Isaiah 10:5-19 — Who’s the tool? Who’s the master?

If there is one thing that the Bible constantly warns us against, it’s pride.  And here, God condemns the Assyrians because of theirs.  The Assyrians had become a mighty people, and they started conquering the nations and peoples around them.  … Continue reading

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Isaiah 9:8-10:4 — The nature of evil

I’m not exactly sure when Isaiah wrote this prophesy, but I’m guessing it was during the time of King Pekah of Israel during the attacks by Assyria (II Kings 15:29), or perhaps the time of King Hoshea during the siege … Continue reading

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