Isaiah 54. So after the read of Isaiah 53 (feel free to read it again), you then roll into 54 and 55. This is a song of Praise, but to me I felt like God was saying, after Isaiah 53 happens…let me introduce myself to you. The reality is, before Jesus died on the cross for me, I really didn’t know Him. (So be patient with other believers, some have not known Him long).
4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
5 For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
Isaiah 55- A call for all to come to Him! What a beautiful chapter….He begins with Salvation is Free for All! It costs you nothing…He paid for it. I am reminded of the woman at the well. He said he had a GIFT, she just needed to ask for it. You don’t buy yourself a gift , someone buys it for you. When Jesus approached her and said in John 4:10
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
I am always reminded that Jesus came for the sick, not the healthy. We are so quick to throw stones at the world rather than pray for them. God loves them as much as He loves us. He begs for them to be found.
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Thank Heavens His thoughts are not my thoughts…I have terrible thoughts about people…especially as we reopen schools. I have lived in a Covid Bible reading cave and I forgot how ugly it is out there!!)
If salvation depends on God’s grace, do God’s servants have any responsibility other than receiving that grace? You know I try to stay away from “application” since I am not your Holy Spirit (just my husband’s), BUT if you are a Christian, do you have a responsibility?
James 2:26 says: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
So if you are jumping in and missed some chapters…
- Isaiah 1-39 we saw it was impossible for them to demonstrate any righteousness
- Isaiah 40-48 God redeemed them from captivity and redeemed from sin
- Isaiah 49-55- how to be a servant now to God
- Isaiah 56- how to live morally now
Chapter 56 is the most assuring chapter for anyone feeling unworthy. Let me explain: someone who was a “past”- and I am sure I am not talking to anyone who is reading this: is this free gift given equally to the person who lived their life without a “past”?
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenant—
5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that will endure forever….
The Sovereign Lord declares—
he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
besides those already gathered.”
BUT those who ignore the Gospel- “you made that bed, you l lie in it” (verse 7)
13 When you cry out for help,
let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
a mere breath will blow them away.
But whoever takes refuge in me
will inherit the land
and possess my holy mountain.”
Chapter 58- I will tell you I have these amazing “debates” with one of the readers on the blog. This week the topic was “should churches open or close the doors due to state mandates from Covid”. I am not going to tell you what side of the debate I am on- one scripture stood out to me:
13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
2 more days of Isaiah (There are about 5 books I find crazy hard and this is one of them…I can see the finish line!!)