Devotion Day 53 - Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 53 – Isaiah 52:13 – 66:18 (Isaiah ends with chapter 66, so I’ll be finishing Isaiah in my daily reading.)

Of all the readings thus far, especially in Isaiah, this is my favorite. Within these chapters is words of hope, God’s plan of salvation for his people and what God desires from us. I can see preaching a Lenten sermon series from Isaiah 51 – 66. I wouldn’t read all of it in worship, but selected portions. I’ll be considering that for this coming Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013. I’d begin by introducing it at the Ash Wednesday service.

Here’s some of the highlights from our reading, that stood out to me.

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
(Isaiah 55:1-3)

We’re invited, as we’ve continually been invited to come unto God and drink from the fountain of life, fountain of true life.

I hear God’s plan of salvation in Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12. Especially in verses 4-6.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Then in Isaiah 60:1-3 we hear;

60 “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 rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

In this passage we get a sense of how God’s glory will shine upon all people the world over and people from many nations will come unto God.

I also like this promise from God.

25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.
(Isaiah 65:25)

Thanks be to God for this promise that is yet to be. I look forward to this day that is coming and will be.

The next set of readings moves us into Jeremiah which is 113 pages in my Bible. What I like about reading the Bible through in 90 days, is that each day is about the same length of reading. So, it keeps everything at about the same pace. It’s sort of what it is like to run a marathon – one mile at a time. In our case, one day’s reading, about 14 pages in most Bibles.

What I’ll take away with me from reading Isaiah is God’s judgment upon his people for their sin, but also God’s plan to save them from their sin. Thanks be to God for how God reaches out to us, even when we turn our back on God.

O God, thank you for your plan of salvation for all people. Help us hold on to that as we continue our readings through the prophets. Amen.

Next readings: Day 54 – Isaiah 66:19 – Jeremiah 10:13

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