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“May you and I continually pray for America.” <>< Dona (09/14/20)

Please read Isaiah 1 through 5.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Isaiah 1 Theme

A rebellious nation.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, is what You said to Judah through Isaiah a warning for America too (v. 1).

Something to think about

The people of Judah had rebelled and turned from following the Lord (v. 2). They had become a sinful nation, had become corrupt and had indeed turned their back on the Lord (v. 4). The Lord wanted no more sacrifices, protests or empty prayers from the people of Judah (v. 13, 15). Unless they put away their evil behavior, behaved well, sought justice, and helped the oppressed, fatherless and widows (v. 16-17). The Lord wanted the Israelites to come to Him for cleansing of their sin (v. 18). If they were willing and obedient, they would eat of the good of the land (v. 19).  The people had become unfaithful, murderers, rebellious, thieves, money hungry, and unresponsive to the needs of the orphans and widows (v. 21-23).  The Lord promised to avenge His enemies and give relief to His followers (v. 24-28).

Something to experience

Our nation, like Judah, is being destroyed from within.  Fires have been set in some of our cities (v. 7).  Like Judah, some of us (a remnant) are praying for the healing and saving of our nation (v. 9). Our lives can be destroyed quickly by a small but deadly spark from evil in our land (v. 31). Each of us face this ultimate choice: to be redeemed or stay on the road to destruction.  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah   and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. 

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, heavens, and listen, earth; for the Lord has spoken: “I have nourished and brought up children and they have rebelled against me.

Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people loaded with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly!  They have forsaken the Lord.  They have despised the Holy One of Israel.  They are estranged and backward.

Isaiah 1:7 Your country is desolate.  Your cities are burned with fire.  Strangers devour your land in your presence and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

Isaiah 1:9   Unless the Lord of Armies had left to us a very small remnant, we would have been as Sodom.  We would have been like Gomorrah.

Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain offerings.  Incense is an abomination to me.  New moons, Sabbaths, and convocations: I can’t stand evil assemblies.
Isaiah 1:15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you.  Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear.  Your hands are full of blood.

Isaiah 1:16-17 16 Wash yourselves. Make yourself clean.  Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes.  Cease to do evil.  17 Learn to do well.  Seek justice.  Relieve the oppressed.  Defend the fatherless.  Plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let’s reason together,” says the Lord: “Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.  Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land;

Isaiah 1:21-23 21 How the faithful city has become a prostitute!  She was full of justice.  Righteousness lodged in her, but now there are murderers.  22 Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water.  23 Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves.  Everyone loves bribes and follows after rewards.  They don’t defend the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.

Isaiah 1:24-28 24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord of Armies, the Mighty One of Israel, says: “Ah, I will get relief from my adversaries, and avenge myself on my enemies. 25 I will turn my hand on you, thoroughly purge away your dross, and will take away all your impurities.  26 I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning.  Afterward you shall be called ‘The city of righteousness, a faithful town.’  27 Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her converts with righteousness.  28 But the destruction of transgressors and sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

Isaiah 1:31 The strong will be like tinder, and his work like a spark.
They will both burn together, and no one will quench them.”

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Isaiah 2 Theme

The Lord’s mountain.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, in the last days all nations will stream to Your temple (v. 2).

Something to think about

Many people will seek the Lord to teach them His ways, so that they may walk in His paths (v. 3). The Lord will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many nations.  And they will stop fighting each other (v. 4). They will seek to walk in the light of the Lord (v. 5). Those who continue living separated from God will be humbled (v. 9, 12).  Only the Lord will be exalted (v. 11, 17).

Something to experience

Don’t trust your life or future to mortal man (v. 22).  Trust the all-knowing God.  Remember only God is completely reliable.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 2:2 It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.

Isaiah 2:3 Many peoples shall go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.”  For the law shall go out of Zion, and the Lord’s word from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:4 He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples.  They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Isaiah 2:5 House of Jacob, come, and let’s walk in the light of the Lord.

Isaiah 2:9 Man is brought low, and mankind is humbled; therefore don’t forgive them.

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man will be brought low, the arrogance of men will be bowed down, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:12 For there will be a day of the Lord of Armies for all that is proud and arrogant, and for all that is lifted up; and it shall be brought low:

Isaiah 2:17 The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the arrogance of men shall be brought low; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:22 Stop trusting in man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?

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Isaiah 3 Theme

Jerusalem and Judah.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Israelites had turned from following You.

Something to think about

In Isaiah’s vision Jerusalem was besieged and her leaders were destroyed.  Their disobedience would bring great problems into their lives and nation (v. 1-3). The vision described how far the nation had gone away from God. They have brought the disaster upon themselves (v. 4-9). God will bring about justice in the end, and He will reward those who have been faithful to Him (v. 10-14). The women cared more about how they looked than the situation around them (v. 16-26).

Something to experience

Our nation has been besieged too.  And some of our leaders have become useless. The disobedience of many have brought problems to our nation.  Businesses and lives have been lost or damaged. Many people have become self-serving and self-centered.  But the Lord will have the last say.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 3:1-3 1 For, behold,the Lord, the Lord of Armies, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah supply and support, the whole supply of bread, and the whole supply of water; the mighty man, the man of war, the judge, the prophet, the diviner, the elder,  the captain of fifty, the honorable man, the counselor, the skilled craftsman, and the clever enchanter.

Isaiah 3:4-9 I will give boys to be their princes, and children shall rule over them.  The people will be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor.  The child will behave himself proudly against the old man, and the wicked against the honorable.  Indeed a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, “You have clothing, you be our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand.”  In that day he will cry out, saying, “I will not be a healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing.  You shall not make me ruler of the people.”  For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory.  The look on their faces testify against them.  They parade their sin like Sodom.  They don’t hide it.  Woe to their soul!  For they have brought disaster upon themselves.

Isaiah 3:10-14 10 Tell the righteous “Good!” For they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.  11 Woe to the wicked!  Disaster is upon them; for the deeds of his hands will be paid back to him.  12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.  My people, those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.  13 The Lord stands up to contend, and stands to judge the nations.  14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders of His people and their leaders: “It is you who have eaten up the vineyard.  The plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 3:16-26 16 Moreover the Lord said, “Because the daughters of Zion are arrogant, and walk with outstretched necks and flirting eyes, walking to trip as they go, jingling ornaments on their feet; 17 therefore the Lord brings sores on the crown of the head of the women of Zion, and the Lord will make their scalps bald.”  18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, the headbands, the crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings, the bracelets, the veils, 20 the headdresses, the ankle chains, the sashes, the perfume containers, the charms, 21 the signet rings, the nose rings, 22 the fine robes, the capes, the cloaks, the purses, 23 the hand mirrors, the fine linen garments, the tiaras, and the shawls.  24 It shall happen that instead of sweet spices, there shall be rottenness; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of well-set hair, baldness; instead of a robe, a wearing of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.  25 Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war.  26 Her gates shall lament and mourn. She shall be desolate and sit on the ground.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we who belong to You will pray for the healing and the saving of America (Isaiah 1:9). Lord, I pray we, Your people will seek Your ways, so that we may walk in Your paths (Isaiah 2:3).  Lord, I pray You will judge the nations and settle disputes between them (Isaiah 2:4). Lord, I pray we will walk in Your light (Isaiah 2:5).  Lord, I pray we will trust in You, the all-knowing God who is completely reliable (Isaiah 2:22).  Lord, I pray You will be exalted (Isaiah 11, 17). Lord, I pray for our nation.  Our nation has been besieged. Some of our leaders don’t have the dedication or the skill to lead.  Lord, I pray for the men and women who have lost their businesses. Lord, I pray for those who are damaging our cities through burning and looting businesses.  I pray they will be brought to justice and will turn from their sin and receive You into their lives. Lord, I pray for the families who have lost loved ones.  I pray they will experience Your love and Your peace (Isaiah 3). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

“May you and I quickly repent when we realize we have sinned.” <>< Dona