Sunday, November 05, 2006

Isaiah – week one

Captain’s Log, Supplemental

Blog Bible Study in Isaiah: I am lovin’ this study book already. This first week dealt with an overview of Isaiah, putting things in historical context and going over a few selected passages. This is the first time I’ve studied Isaiah and had the context explained to me, and it’s very helpful.

From the passages we studied, God’s word was so clear—repent or the land will be destroyed, don’t ally with Egypt because they’ll humiliate you, Syria won’t invade and Israel will be destroyed in 65 years. It amazes me that the rulers didn’t listen to Isaiah’s prophecies.

I suppose it all depends on if the person hearing the prophecies truly, whole-heartedly believes in the Source of the prophecies, and if they believe that God is speaking through the prophet. Even for someone godly like Hezekiah, maybe he starts to doubt in Isaiah’s ability to accurately hear God in the face of other human arguments against it.

It makes me glad God can speak directly to us. But it’s up to us to take the time to pray and listen, I guess.

I loved this passage:

“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,
and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.
Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation!
And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness.
Her people will be a source of joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
And delight in my people.
And the sound of weeping and crying
Will be heard in it no more.”
Isaiah 65:17-19

The amazing thing is, I will live to see this. I will see the new Jerusalem here on earth. It’s here and it’s in Revelations. This passage fills me with joy.

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5 comments :

  1. Wow. That is a beautiful passage. I've never studied Isaiah in whole, but I spent quite a bit of time meditating on chapter 40. It's such a beautiful picture of God's awesome power and tender mercy.

    One of my favorite passages is Isaiah 40:25,26.
    "To whom will you compare me?
    Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.

    Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
    He who brings out the starry host one by one,
    and calls them each by name.
    Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

    It gives me chills. We have such a great and mighty God.

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  2. Even for someone godly like Hezekiah, maybe he starts to doubt in Isaiah’s ability to accurately hear God in the face of other human arguments against it.

    Oh wow. That's a great point Camy!

    I'm glad we found a study we all like, and I'm thrilled you're doing it will us.

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  3. Hey, lady! Very cool. I just so happen to be in Isaiah myself at the moment. This time through the NIV, and one verse really stood out: Isaiah 7:9b. "If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." Love that. Oh, and Isaiah 40 about floored me. Laah-huv that. Looking forward to the last few chapters. Come quickly, Immanuel! : )

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  4. Yeah thats right! I remember when it dawned on me. I was thinking how cool it would be to see when Jesus returns . . . then I was like . . ."Oh yeah! I'll be seeing it no matter what!" Cool!!!!

    And that He delights in His people!

    Thank you Jesus!
    :-)

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