Devotion Day 49 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 49 – Isaiah 1:1 – 13:22

What I take away from today’s reading is God’s judgment upon his people, especially the people of Israel who had wandered from his ways and God’s promise of a new day.

Here are places I heard words of hope even in the midst of hopelessness.

2:4 They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel. (Immanuel means God with us)

9:2-7 is about light coming to people dwelling in darkness. In this passage we hear.

6For to us child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And eh will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.

11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his toots a branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him – ….

And in verse 6 of chapter 11; The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together and a young child will lead them.

We look at all this through the eyes of the New Testament, through the eyes of faith given in Jesus Christ. What I try to do as I read the prophets, is hear God’s word to the people of that day and ours and hear God’s continued call for us to be holy as God is holy.

There is a lot more to these opening chapters of Isaiah; his call, his commission all of which are important, as is every word in God’s holy word.

In the midst of all the chaos and judgment we are hearing something we need to hang onto when we find our world in chaos. “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my son; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

O Lord as we hear your word spoken to and through the prophets, may we hear words of judgment upon your people of old but also words of judgment upon us your people of today. Then may we also hear all the words of hope you give us, hopes and promises fulfilled in the life and death and resurrection of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Next readings: Day 50 – Isaiah 14 – 28

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