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Can you believe we are ending another book in our journey? You can check another one off of your list…..WHAT a BLESSING!!! I wish I could understand EVERY WORD of the Scriptures, but remember…..last year was my first year of reading the bible from cover to cover chronologically. I learned so very much and this year I am learning even more. BUT…. I KNOW I am ONLY comprehending a SMALL amount of what God has for us. There are so many treasures buried in HIS Word. In a CRAZY way it reminds me of the movies with Nicolas Cage in “National Treasure.” EACH time they find a treasure….first they can’t believe what they find and second they can’t begin to comprehend it all….the more they dig….the more there is. That is how I see God’s Word….the more we dig…the MORE treasures our God opens our eyes to!! Now I understand why Bible scholars read and study the Bible DAILY….because there is soooooooo much there. I just know what God does reveal to me in my spirit……opens me and changes me in ways I never knew possible. Don’t get me wrong I have always had HOPE in HIM and BELIEVED in HIM and all HE can do……I just didn’t know HE would do it for ME. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to God. I am learning day by day to EXPECT BIG things, lessons, lasting changes in ME because of what HE shows me.
Isaiah is truly a Salvation Prophecy!! Salvation for ALL Nations…..for ALL people…for you and for me!!!
What is the sin at hand that Isaiah is saying to Judah: ”You are not a saved people??” Isaiah spoke of it in chapter ONE and closed with it in Chapter 66: The Ritual Religious. Look at 66 middle of verse 3:
and whoever burns memorial incense,
like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways,
and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread.
For when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, no one listened.
They did evil in my sight
and chose what displeases me.”
Belonging to a church is a RESPONSIBILITY God blesses us with. Once again we have a CHOICE of which church we will belong to. Are you in a church that preaches and teaches the Word of God? Are you attending a church that loves the Lord and follows the teaching of HIS Word? Or are you attending a church that is practicing the teachings of man? Does your pastor, priest, reverend, etc simply express his or her opinion or is their teaching lined up with the BIBLE? Is your church simply a church of man made rituals that are to stand for the religion….or does your church follow, lead, and obey the teachings that are in the Bible. It is a great responsibility God has given to us. God encourages us to be involved in a church, so we may further HIS Kingdom by sharing HIM, encouraging each other, and acting as one body to reach out to the poor, the needy, they hungry THROUGH HIM. We KNOW our deeds, our actions, or simply “being the nicest person anyone could know” will get us into heaven with God. There is ONLY one way to have a relationship with HIM, to live the abundant life here on earth, and spend eternity with HIM….and that is to CHOOSE Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior….learn HIS Word…Act on HIS Word….Obey HIS Word…and be Transformed by HIS love, grace, and mercy. SEEK the LORD with ALL you are. ASK HIM to reveal HIMself to YOU…to show you that HIS death on the CROSS is the ONLY way we can be made righteous. The choice is free. Jesus PAID the price for us…in FULL….all we have to do is to ask HIM into our hearts and believe He is LORD. ANYthing other than Jesus and HIS Word……is not TRUTH….do not be deceived but be TRANSFORMED by the Word as it describes in Romans 12:1-2.
These chapters clearly state that the faithful and the disobedient will be separated with eternal life for the faithful, and eternal punishment for the rest.
In the New Testament we will read about this in many places, one being 2 Peter
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:10-14)
Chapter 65 was about Salvation, the New Heaven and New Earth being INTENDED for ALL….IF we CHOOSE HIM. Once again we are given another small glimpse of heaven…..and there simply are no Words to express what eternal life in the presence of the Most HIgh God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with be like….no pain…no problems…ONLY worshiping HIM!! WOW!!
In another 5 short months we will have finished our journey thorough the Bible together. On our last day….we will be reading THIS same topic again. The climax of the Bible will be an awesome vision written by John while he is in exile on a deserted island for the purpose of writing Revelation!! John will record his vision of the New Heaven and Earth. God allowed John to see and experience heaven is a most personal and impressive way for the specific purpose of John documenting it so we could witness exactly what he saw!!! NOW in CHAPTER 66 the last book of Isaiah will match Book 66 (Revelation) the last book of the Bible. AHHHHHmazing
This reading of Isaiah once again leaves me humbled and grateful at how much our Most High God LOVES us. God’s perfect plan of salvation, love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and HIS teachings to show us how to TRANSFORM more into who HE has made us to BE….which is more like HIM. His love is unconditional and more than any of us can totally comprehend.
What do you think? What stood out to you today?
Sharing HIS love