Category Archives: Isaiah

Isaiah 66 — Humble before God. Humbled before God.

And so we end the longest book of the Old Testament, save for the Psalms. In this final chapter of Isaiah, we see the distinction God makes between the righteous and the unrighteous.  Who is the righteous person?  God puts … Continue reading

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Isaiah 65:17-25 — All things made new

I recently got a new computer.  My last one was bought way back in 2001, and while it was pretty good at the time, by the end, it was old, slow, and just about dead. It’s pretty amazing how fast … Continue reading

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Isaiah 65:1-16 — Ignoring the call of God

I wonder sometimes how frustrated God gets with us.  I think we see some of his frustration here in this passage.  He’s talking specifically about Israel, but it could easily apply to us.  He said, I revealed myself to those … Continue reading

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Isaiah 63-64 — God of compassion, God of power

It amazes me that the God who created this world could care about me.  That the God who just spoke things into existence could even spare a moment’s thought about me. But that’s what we see here.  Isaiah talks about … Continue reading

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Isaiah 63:1-6 — God of Salvation; God of Judgment

The gospel has, from the beginning, been a double-edged sword.  Salvation for those who will receive Jesus, and judgment for those who reject him.  You see both in this passage. First you see the judgment of Christ on the nations, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 62 — New names

Have you ever wished you had another name?  When I was a kid, I did.  The biggest problem with the name Bruce is that there are too many words that rhyme with it.  Goose, moose, juice, loose.  It’s almost endless.  … Continue reading

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Isaiah 61 — Good news

We live in a world where it seems that most of the news is bad.  Earthquakes, crime, political corruption, the list goes on and on and on.  It’s pretty easy to get depressed. But when Jesus came, he spoke the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 60 — Reflecting the light of God

I love the first 3 verses of this chapter. Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord … Continue reading

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Isaiah 59 — A God far away?

Sometimes people complain, “Where is God in this world?  I sure can’t see him.  All I see is all the evil that’s here.” Actually, God is here.  But the evil that dwells within us makes it difficult for us to … Continue reading

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Isaiah 58 — Empty religion

One thing that God is not impressed with is empty religion.  We saw that in Micah 6, and we also see it here. Here the Israelites complained to God, ‘Why have we fasted, and you have not seen it?  Why … Continue reading

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Isaiah 57:14-21 — The road to peace

After a serious tongue-lashing on those who persisted in their rebellion against him, God here shows his mercy to those who humbled themselves before him. He said, “Build up, build up, prepare the road!  Remove the obstacles out of the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 57:3-13 — Clinging to what is hopeless

A friend recently asked me, “Why does Satan keep on fighting?  He knows he’s lost.  Why doesn’t he give up?”  Other people have put the question another way, “Why doesn’t Satan repent?  Can he repent?” They are interesting questions, but … Continue reading

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Isaiah 57:1-2 — Why the righteous perish

A year ago at this time, I was standing vigil over my dad in his final days and hours here on earth.  It was a day I had been prepared for, for the previous ten years, actually.  My dad’s heart … Continue reading

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Isaiah 56:9-12 — Leaders?

All of us have known people that were bad leaders.  People who should never have been put in that position.  And unfortunately, Israel had their share of bad leaders as well. In this passage, God calls these leaders out, saying, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 56:1-8 — Salvation without discrimination

One thing about the temple worship in the Old Testament was that it was very exclusive.  You notice this a lot in the books of Moses.  The most obvious example of this is that only the priests could enter the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 55 — A life that really satisfies

There’s an old rock song that goes, “I can’t get no satisfaction.”  And for many people, that’s their complaint as they go through life.  They “try and try and try,” but nothing satisfies them.  Everything they pursue in life ultimately … Continue reading

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Isaiah 54 — Reconciliation

Many times in scripture, God pictures himself as a husband pursuing his wayward wife. That’s pretty amazing to me.  I can’t imagine what I’d do if my wife were unfaithful to me.  If she were always pursuing other men in … Continue reading

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Isaiah 52-53 — Why Jesus came

As I write this, Christmas is about 6 or 7 weeks away.  It’s so amazing how the time just flies by.  It doesn’t seem so long ago that I took our Christmas tree down. But as Christmas draws near and … Continue reading

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Isaiah 51:17-52:12 — Salvation

As we look at this passage where God calls his people out of exile, we also see a picture of salvation.  Isaiah tells the people, Awake, awake!  Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the … Continue reading

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Isaiah 51 — The legacy we’ve inherited

Some Christians don’t like going through the Old Testament.  Sometimes, they wonder why it’s even worth reading.  I have to admit, this is the longest period of time I’ve spent in the Old Testament for my quiet times.  I believe … Continue reading

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Isaiah 50 — Walking in God’s light, walking in your own

“I know what I’m doing.  Don’t tell me what to do.” So often, we take that attitude and it gets us into trouble.  And then we blame God, and accuse him of abandoning us. That’s what the Israelites did.  By … Continue reading

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Isaiah 49:14-26 — Never forgotten. Never without hope.

Has God forgotten me?  Is there any hope for me? That’s what the Jewish exiles would feel, far from home, captives in a foreign land. They cried out, The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me. (14) And … Continue reading

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Isaiah 49:1-13 — The mission of Messiah, and us

Here in this passage we see the mission of Messiah.   (Don’t you love the alliteration?)  What is it? First, to display the splendor of God (verse 3).  To show Israel who God really was.  And that’s what Jesus did, … Continue reading

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Isaiah 48 — The way to peace

So many times, we struggle to find peace in our lives, and we wonder why.  The people of Israel were no different.  But here in verses 17-18, God gives them the answer. This is what the Lord says – your … Continue reading

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Isaiah 47 — Making ourselves God

The lie that Satan said in the garden of Eden thousands of years ago is the same lie he tells us today.  “You will be like God.” And thoughout history, men (and women) have tried to make themselves god in … Continue reading

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Isaiah 46:5-13 — The God whose purposes stand

As God has done for much for much of the past few chapters, he continues to clearly define the differences between the gods of the nations and himself.  In verse 5, he said, To whom will you compare me or … Continue reading

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Isaiah 46:1-4 — He who sustains you

After all the words of judgment we’ve seen throughout the prophets, I must say that it’s refreshing…and encouraging to see the words of Isaiah in the past few chapters.  Here Isaiah addresses the people who would be exiled to Babylon … Continue reading

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Isaiah 45 — That they may know Me and be saved

The ways of God are hard to grasp sometimes.  Why would he use the Assryians, Babylonians, and Persians to punish his people, when these people were just as bad, if not worse than the Israelites? I don’t know, but perhaps … Continue reading

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Isaiah 44:24-28 — The God who knows the futu…our name

There are a number of non-Christian and “Christian” Biblical scholars that have serious doubts about whether Isaiah wrote chapters 40-66.  There are numerous reasons for this.  One is that Isaiah wrote about the future as if it had already happened.  … Continue reading

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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