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Isaiah – week 2 and 3

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My Blog Bible Study in Isaiah:

Zion will be restored by justice;
Those who repent will be revived by righteousness.
Isaiah 1:27

I thought this was the theme of chapter one in Isaiah. God wants his people to repent but he also promises judgment.

This spoke to me about his character—He is active. He will move and he has moved.

I can’t take lightly the Word of the Lord, what he’s promised to do, the actions he says he’ll take. It expands my view of him, gives him a more terrible and wonderful cast.

Chapters 2 and 3 can be summed up in this verse:

Human pride will be brought down,
And human arrogance will be humbled.
Only the Lord will be exalted
On that day of judgment.
Isaiah 2:11

(It must be important, it’s repeated in verse 17.) It’s another promise of God’s actions against his disobedient people, and more importantly—why.

I think I don’t remember God’s power and holiness as much as I should. He promises to destroy Jerusalem and Judah in order to purify it (4:4). That’s pretty extreme. God is pretty extreme. That’s why he’s God.

Where is my heart? I think about God as my father and my friend, but I don’t think about him as holy and powerful, and that’s also part of his character. I can’t ignore some aspects of him just because they’re unpleasant in my little world.

Will I be among the holy remnant, purified?

Tell the godly that all will be well for them.
They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned!
But the wicked are doomed,
For they will get exactly what they deserve.
Isaiah 3:10-11

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Comments

  1. Camy, I'm right there with you on this: "I think about God as my father and my friend, but I don’t think about him as holy and powerful."

    And yet in my heart I know this is the great lie that I have to unlearn.

    God is not my buddy. He's the Creator of the universe. Moses learned the truth: To look on him is to die. Jesus was the truth: to live like him is to take up a cross.

    But somehow I still tend to think of church as this place of group therapy where God helps me negotiate a more comfortable life and better mental health.

    I'm not saying God is sadistic. His desires for us are good. But I wonder if my view of him--and goodness in general--isn't horribly skewed. Thank God for the gift of his spirit. Thank God for the example of Jesus.

    Boy, am I preaching here or what?

    Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

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  2. I've been clinging to some of the promises in Isaiah for the past several months. I, too, sometimes forget the powerfulness and holiness. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. Wow, just last week I was studying a message on the fear of the Lord and came to the same conclusion that we forget what a great God we serve. This is the same God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sin. It was a good reminder for me. Thanks for the confirmation.

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  4. Father, friend, even powerful. I think I fall short on the holiness of God. A God to be worship, revered, held in awe and amazement. Can we be too comfortable with God?

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  5. There are some great questions raised here in your comments..."Can we be too comfortable with God?"
    Can God be your buddy, and holy and powerful creator of the universe? I mean, we don't stop being friends with someone just because they have this fantastic intangible part to them...
    There has to be some balance to this...I'm sure. Maybe that will come next?

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