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WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!! Today’s read was totally awesome!!! SOOOOO much HOPE and SOOO much about Jesus…… at least 700 YEARS BEFORE HE CAME!!! That my friend is prophecy and we are alive in a day to KNOW it all came to pass!!!
Something that GRABBED by heart today was the use of the word “SHOUT”…we have read over an over in scripture the importance of SPEAKING forth God’s Word, God (the Trinity) spoke with WORLD, the galaxies, ALL creation, ALL the heavens, man, EVERYTHING into existence. We are told to SPEAK, to ASK, to PRAY, to SING, to SHOUT to The Lord, to CLAP our hands in joy to HIM, to SOUND the trumpets (remember what happened after they walked around Jericho for 7 days —6 days they walked in silence and walked around the massive Jericho one time per day…on the seventh day they walked seven times and at the Lord’s command on the seventh time…they SOUNDED THE TRUMPETS, THEY SHOUTED PRAISE TO HIM…and the walls came tumbling down!!) God touched my heart concerning the word “SHOUT” today because I believe there is a deeper message there… SHOUTING, CLAPPING, and SPEAKING and SINGING HIS Word all do something POWERFUL in the heavenlies. Somehow a connection is made that although we can’t feel it or touch it….it causes good things to begin because we are following HIS instructions. I’m not saying go out in public and SHOUT at the top of your lungs (unless you KNOW The Lord is telling you to that)…but we can SHOUT the Word, SHOUT in joy, SHOUT in singing, SHOUT in despair, SHOUT an alarm, SHOUT for all the good things God has done in your life. You can shout in your house, speak in your car, sing in your house and car, or even walk around your house speaking a prayer over your home, your land, your job, your children, God’s direction for your life, and anything else on your heart. Today with all the mobile devices….everyone within ear shot will simply think you are speaking to some one on your cell!! Think about it <<<<smile>>>>>
There was SO much good that we read to day that I feel like the ONLY way to do it justice is to print it all in the blog….but I won’t do that (I know you are relieved <<<smile>>>)!!!
Up till now in Isaiah we have read about 5 major themes
THE LORD IS SOVEREIGN. God is the Lord, Isaiah repeats it over and over. There are NO other gods but HIM.
GOD IS HOLY. Isaiah said in Chapter 6 “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is filled with his Glory”. God is like NO other, HE is set apart. Remember this is WHO GOD IS. It is repeated only one other time in Revelation!!! Profound!!
THE DOCTRINE OF SIN. Isaiah knew that sin separated us from the Lord, However, he also knew that meaningless sacrifices, and/or useless idols were not the remedy. Only turning our hearts to the Lord, was/is the key.
TO PLACE FAITH IN THE LORD. Faith is not seeing there is a Lord, but TRUSTING in the Lord. When we put God as the commander of our ship, it will get where it needs to get, regardless of the path it takes.
THE DOCTRINE OF THE REMNANT. This Word, REMNANT has been used MANY times in our readings. God’s judgement would be so severe that all that would be left would be a remnant in Judah. We KNOW this had to be absolute truth!! WHY?? Because we know that since Genesis the Lord says He will bring a Savior through the line of Judah!!
NOW our reading is oh so critical to “the rest of the story!!” The Prophecy’s of these chapters were written 7 centuries BEFORE the event of Calvary, yet through Isaiah God was able to lay out His plan for Salvation. This is NOTHING BUT PURE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FROM GOD FOR HIM TO DO ALL OF THIS JUST FOR YOU AND FOR ME!!
As you read these chapters….do whatever it takes to allow the WORDS to sink into your heart. I promise you something will jump off the page for you. I personally LISTENED and read along at the same time using http://www.biblegateway.com Do what ever you need to do to soak up the goodness in today’s reading. As each chapter gets closer to 53 the cross references will have more and more New Testament References. Luke, Matthew, Romans, John, 1 Peter. Actually you will see cross references in these 4 Chapters with everything from Genesis to Revelations!
CHAPTER 49 — We are reminded that God created us. He chose the Hebrews as HIS CHOSEN ones SO THEY COULD BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES (again I point out that God included the GENTILES from the beginning….we were never an after thought!!) HE is Redeemer, the Holy ONE, the Restorer, the Comforter, The Compassionate God, HE will NEVER forget us, HE has ENGRAVED us on the palms of HIS hands, we are HIS bride, our Savior, ummmm, ummmmm, GOOD!!
CHAPTER 50 — We are reminded that separation from God comes from our sin (verse 1 — because of the Israelites sin they were sold into slavery/exile, captivity.) I LOVE Isaiah’s words showing us that God woke him each morning….HE wakened Isaiah’s EARS because he was not rebellious to HIM and Isaiah did not draw back from God. I found that an interesting statement. Have you ever known what God wanted you to do but drew back in fear because you felt maybe you didn’t hear right, or what you hear was impossible for man, or you simply were afraid? LOOK at ALL that God told Isaiah to share with a Nation who was refusing to listen yet Isaiah said it anyway. WOW!! It give me encouragement to push forward with a dream I have had since childhood. I have been afraid for years to “open that book” …but now…..I will “NOT draw back from God!!” Make sense for anyone else??
CHAPTER 51 — We are told to look to the ROCK from which we are cut….. on THIS side of the CROSS we are cut from JESUS CHRIST our ROCK!!. We are reminded that Abraham and Sarah were blessed with a son when they were 100/90 respectively!! I mean come on….how many people do YOU KNOW that have had children at that age? And then from the lineage of Isaac would one day come Jesus. God kept HIS promise to Abraham and Sarah and HE will KEEP HIS PROMISES to us!! We are encouraged to HOPE with EXPECTATION of things that are to come (healing, answered prayers, miracles, great jobs and incomes when there was no hope, dreams God has placed on our hearts coming true, and so much more but ESPECIALLY…. the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ the Messiah!!!
Verses 11-13 are all about the REMNANT returning!!!
CHAPTER 52 — AWAKE and clothe yourself with strength and put on your garments of splendor (verse1)….now that’s a great way to wake up!!! Verse 3 — “WITHOUT MONEY YOU WILL BE REDEEMED!!” Other verses discuss…OUR GOD REIGNS, SHOUT for joy….and I LOVE verse 12: “THE GOD OF ISRAEL WILL BE YOUR REAR GUARD.” I always pray for The Lord to clothe me in HIS armor from Ephesians 6: 10-18 “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Several years back I became aware and asked The Lord what was covering my back…..and HE showed me Isaiah 52:12 — I….the God of Israel will be your REAR Guard.” So HE has our back. IF any of you have been in the military or have come from military families you know there is comfort when someone says “I’ve got your six”……WELLLLL….LOOK WHO has our “six”!!! And of course HE also give us a garment of praise that we will soon read about in Isaiah 61:3
OH MAN….does all that not just bring you into HIS peace that passeth understanding?? Remember whenever we see a word (from the KJV) that has “eth” added to it….. it means it happens OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER….TO INFINITY AND BEYOND….AGAIN!!! WHOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!
LOOK at all the verses that deal with the description of SALVATION in Chapter 52 and 53, and it ALL begins with a reminder of HOW much HE loves us. We are told that “HIS appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.” Jesus was despised and rejected. He was OUR substitute. A SUBSTITUTE for people who went their own way!
In Chapter 53, Oppressed and Afflicted in Hebrew means He was tormented, humiliated, belittled, mocked and shamed! He was stripped down naked like a sheep being led to the slaughter, and He did not say a word! WHY?? He was giving Himself…they were not taking him. Repeat that, He GAVE HIMSELF FOR US. Three men on the day of His sacrifice asked him to give words to defend himself:
Jesus KNEW HE was fulfilling scriptures and the plan of Salvation. In 53 verse 8 it was over. Finished. Cut off from the living, FOR the sins of his people.
Jesus in 53 verse 9 was assigned a grave with the wicked (the two criminals with Him) but was given the tomb of the Rich? What? Yes! Matthew 27:57
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.
If you want more detail about what happens in the NT concerning Isaiah’s prophesy…. take a look at the entires I made for “Holy Week”. If you look on the right side of this page under CATEGORIES, you will find one for “Holy Week” that was done during Easter. If you have not read that and want to know more….be sure to check out the details all tied back to Isaiah!!
Finally in 53 verse 10 we read about how this was all the Lord’s will and He makes His offering on the altar And I have to stop and think…How much does he Love us?? How much??
CHAPTER 53 — And we end today’s reading ALL about JESUS!!!! Don’t know if anyone you remember a song that went “J-E-S-U-S- He’s my Lord and KIng.” THAT is what I’m singing right now. The Scriptures that stood out to me were: Verse 5 “BY HIS WOUNDS WE ARE HEALED.” Verse 6 ” We all like sheep have gone astray each of us has turned to his own way; and The Lord HAS LAID ON HIM THE INIQUITY OF US ALL.” Notice…. God’s Word does NOT say…. only the iniquity of certain people, certain people of certain incomes, people with ONLY certain sins, or ANY other EXCEPTION. HE said ALLLLLLLLLLL of OUR iniquity has been laid on HIM!!! WHEW!!
Last year and this year I was reminded of Isaiah, Enoch, Jesus, and my relationship with Jesus. Can you imagine how close in relationship Isaiah was to The Lord to have received ALL of this from HIM? And Enoch from Genesis 5:23-24 –“Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch WALKED WITH God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Once again I literally began to have tears stream down my face…reading this prophesy from Isaiah, reading the NT, and praying that God make me more like Him. And, Enoch kept coming to mind … HOW close was his walk to have been able to be rescued from the flood and released from ANY sting of death!!! I am now speechless… and in awe that God loves us so much and WANTs a deep relationship with EACH of us. PRAISE GOD!!
I can ONLY say read Chapter 53 (or any other chapter today) until something literally jumps off the page for you!! There is soooooo much there. AND our sweet Abba Father, Daddy God…..has a special Word for EACH of us….take it in…climb into HIS lap….let HIM show you what HE wants you to know. HE knows where each of us are and what each of needs to hear….what my eyes have been opened to today maybe totally different as to what HE has shown you…and that is TOTALLY AWESOME!!
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