Monthly Archives: October 2012

Isaiah 44:6-23 — No other

If there is one thing that God impresses on his people in Isaiah 43-44, it’s this:  “I stand alone.  There is no other God besides me.” In Isaiah 43:10-11, he says, “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my … Continue reading

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Isaiah 44: 1-5 — Remembering to whom we belong

My life.  My money.  My things.  My body. How often do we think or say these words?  And how often do we mess up our lives by taking that attitude? When we take that kind of attitude, we only end … Continue reading

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Isaiah 43:14-28 — Forgetting the past, moving forward

The more I read of Isaiah 43, the more I like it.  Starting with verses 18-19, Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I’m doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive … Continue reading

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Isaiah 43:1-13 — Precious

This is probably one of my favorite if not favorite passages in scripture. But now, this is what the Lord says– he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; … Continue reading

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Isaiah 42:18-25 — The blind and the deaf

So often when we think of spiritually blind and deaf people, we think of non-Christians. And that they certainly are. But here we see something shocking. Isaiah says, Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!  Who is blind but … Continue reading

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Isaiah 42:1-17 — The One who brings justice and hope

I love the words concerning Jesus here.  The Father says of him, Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 41 — The God who is in control

Sometimes as we look at the news, it seems like the world is going crazy.  We see crime, war, and natural disasters, and we wonder if God is really in control. But God answers here that ultimately he is the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 40:27-31 — The power of hope

Hope. If there is one thing we need when facing the future, it’s hope.  Without hope, all that’s left is despair. And that’s how the Israelites felt.  In despair.  Their lives were falling apart, and God seemed far away.  And … Continue reading

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Isaiah 40:9-26 — The greatness of our God

Who is this God we proclaim?  What is he like?  That’s what Isaiah addresses in this passage.  Isaiah proclaims in verses 9-10, Here is your God!  See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. What … Continue reading

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Isaiah 40:1-8 — Preparing our hearts for God

And so we begin the New Testament.  Well, kind of.  It has been pointed out that the book of Isaiah itself is kind of a Reader’s Digest version of the whole Bible. Like the Bible, it’s divided into 66 parts.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 21:1-18; II Chronicles 33 — Never too late

“It’s too late for me son.” George Lucas called the Star Wars saga the redemption of Darth Vader.  How a young man got corrupted by evil but was eventually brought out of it through the love of his son. In … Continue reading

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II Kings 20:12-21; II Chronicles 32:24-33; Isaiah 39 — Forgetting God’s grace

It’s amazing to me that after all God had done for Hezekiah, that he still forgot God’s grace in his life.  It says in II Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness … Continue reading

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Isaiah 36-37; II Kings 18-19; II Chronicles 32:6-23 — Laying our problems before God

Hezekiah had finally turned his heart back to God, but it was still troubling times for the people of Judah, as Assyria was still bent on taking Jerusalem. But with his faith in God restored and perhaps taking heart from … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 32:1-5, 24-26; II Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38 — Humbled

Once again, a small caveat on the chronology of events:  I’m purely guessing here.  Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t put in one book, the blow by blow events of what happened.  So all I can do is try to piece together … Continue reading

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Isaiah 34-35 — Judgment and redemption

Judgment and redemption.  These two ideas are seen throughout scripture and they are very evident here in these two chapters. First, God metes out judgment against the nations in chapter 34, as all those who come against his people Israel … Continue reading

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Isaiah 33 — The key to life

I love verses 5-6 in this chapter. The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.  He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom … Continue reading

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Isaiah 33:2 — A prayer

I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of memorizing scripture and I want to get back into it.  A couple of days ago, I worked on Isaiah 30:15.  Today it’s this verse. O Lord, be gracious to us; we … Continue reading

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Isaiah 32:9-20 — False security

Security.  It’s something that many people seek.  To feel safe.  To feel that their future is in hand. For many people, they seek security in money, and think that if they just have enough, they’ll be okay.  In the 1980s, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 32:1-8 — A true man

What is a true man?  I remember reading a humorous article written about men in America.  And what it basically said was that there were few real men.  Most were in fact, wimps.  A woman that was interviewed said, “I’m … Continue reading

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II Kings 18:13-16; Isaiah 30-31 — Where our strength and salvation come from

It’s hard to match up the events of history to the prophesies, but I’m guessing these two passages roughly go together. The king of Assyria (Sennacharib) was on the move again, and came against Judah, mainly because Hezekiah had rebelled … Continue reading

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Isaiah 29 — Blind and ignorant

Why doesn’t God just show himself?  If he truly exists, why doesn’t he just make it crystal clear so that I can know, not just guess or hope? Sometimes people, both believers and unbelievers ask this question.  There are a … Continue reading

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Isaiah 28:23-29 — Where wisdom comes from

Does God understand advanced physics?  Biology?  Technology?  Are these things beyond him?  Sometimes people tend to think that way. Even in the time of Isaiah, people were questioning the wisdom of God.  It was one of the reasons that so … Continue reading

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Isaiah 28:15-22 — A faulty foundation; a sure foundation

One theme that seems to constantly come up in the prophets is the idea of trust.  Who are we trusting?  What do we set as the foundation of our lives? For Israel, they seemed to put their faith not in … Continue reading

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Isaiah 28:1-13 — An unteachable heart

As a teacher, there are few things more frustrating than having students that don’t want to learn.  I’ve been in classrooms where students show no effort whatsoever, and look almost at shock at you when you try to encourage them … Continue reading

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Isaiah 27 — A people God loves

Does God love me? Sometimes we look at our lives and we wonder.  We go through hard times, and wonder if God really cares.  Or we mess up our lives, and wonder if God has given up on us. And … Continue reading

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Isaiah 26 — When we trust in God

Trusting God can be tough.  And so often as we pray, our goal is to bend God to our will, rather than bending our will to his.  We try to make him do what we want, rather than having a … Continue reading

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Isaiah 25 — When death is swallowed up

It’s amazing how time flies.  It was about this time last year, that I got word from my mother and sister that my dad wasn’t doing so well.  He had been in the hospital for a while, and they weren’t … Continue reading

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Isaiah 24 — The reason for judgment

One theme that we often see in science fiction movies, is the devastation of the earth where everything is laid waste.  Terminator and Matrix come to mind. And that’s the kind of picture I get as I read this passage … Continue reading

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Isaiah 23 — Where your glory comes from

Where does your glory come from?  From where do you get your praise?  What in your life do you take pride in? For the people of Tyre, it came from their trading business.  They were a port city, and had … Continue reading

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Micah 7:8-20 — God’s wrath…and mercy

One criticism often made of “the God of the Old Testament” (as if he’s different from the “God of the New Testament”) is that he’s a God of wrath, rather than a God of mercy. I think the problem for … Continue reading

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Micah 7:1-7 — When there’s no one else we can count on

When trust has been broken, it can be hard to restore.  Just ask anyone whose spouse has cheated on them. Sometimes, when trust has been broken, it’s hard to trust anyone.  We start to wonder if there’s anyone in this … Continue reading

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