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“May you and I always remember God will make a way for those of us who follow Him.” <>< Dona  (09/17/20)

Please read Isaiah 10 through 12.  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 10 Theme

God’s Judgment.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your hand was raised against the nations who were not obeying You (v. 4b).

Something to think about

God will judge those who make unjust laws, pass oppressive decrees, deprive the poor, withhold justice from the oppressed, mistreat the widows and rob the fatherless (v. 1-2).  God will use sinful nations to bring about judgment on other nations (v. 5-7).

Something to experience

God is still in control today.  No matter what is happening God will make a way for those of us who follow Him.  It may not make sense to us, but we must trust God.  He gives each of us so many chances to get our act together.  Some of us do and some don’t (v. 20-25).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 10:1-21 Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers who write oppressive decrees; to deprive the needy of justice, and to rob the poor among my people of their rights, that widows may be their plunder, and that they may make the fatherless their prey! 

Isaiah 10:4b …  For all this His (God’s) anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 10:5-7 Alas Assyrian, the rod of My anger, the staff in whose hand is My indignation! I will send him against a profane nation, and against the people who anger Me I will give him a command to take the plunder and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. However he doesn’t mean so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off not a few nations.

Isaiah 10:20-25 20 It will come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and those who have escaped from the house of Jacob will no more again lean on him who struck them, but shall lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return, even the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. 22 For though your people, Israel, are like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For the Lord, the Lord of Armies, will make a full end, and that determined, throughout all the earth.  24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord of Armies, says “My people who dwell in Zion, don’t be afraid of the Assyrian, though he strike you with the rod, and lift up his staff against you, as Egypt did. 25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation against you will be accomplished, and My anger will be directed to his destruction.” 

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Isaiah 11 Theme

A new shoot will appear (the Messiah) (v. 1a).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You who come from the root will bear fruit (1b).

Something to think about

The Lord’s Spirit will rest on the Messiah.  The spirit is wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and fear of the Lord (v. 2). Only Christ Jesus, the Messiah, can be a perfectly fair judge (v. 4-5).

Something to experience

It seems these verses are saying at some future time animals will get along with each other and children will be able to play near and touch formerly dangerous animals (v. 6-8).   And the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to reclaim His people (v. 11).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit.

Isaiah 11:2 The Lord’s Spirit will rest on Him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:4-5 …4 He (the Messiah) will judge the poor with righteousness, and decide with equity for the humble of the earth.  He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth; and with the breath of His lips He will kill the wicked.  5 Righteousness will be the belt of His waist, and faithfulness the sash around His waist.

Isaiah 11:6-8 The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, the calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together; and a little child will lead them. The cow and the bear will graze. Their young ones will lie down together.  The lion will eat straw like the ox.  The nursing child will play near a cobra’s hole, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.

Isaiah 11:11 It will happen in that day that the Lord will set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant that is left of His people …

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Isaiah 12 Theme

Praise the Lord (v. 1a).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You will comfort us (v. 1b).

Something to think about

God is worthy of praise, trust, thanks, exaltation, and song (v. 1-5).

Something to experience

The Lord is my salvation (v. 2).  I will not fear (v. 2). The Lord is my Strength and my Song (v. 2). I will call on the Lord’s name (v. 4). I will tell others about what He has done (v. 4).  He has done glorious things (v. 5). Great is the Holy One of Israel (v. 6).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 12:1 In that day you will say, “I will give thanks to You, O Lord; for though You were angry with me, Your anger has turned away and You comfort me. 

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord is my strength and song; and He has become my salvation.” 

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy you will draw water out of the wells of salvation. 

Isaiah 12:4 In that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord! Call on His name! Declare His doings among the peoples! Proclaim that His name is exalted! 

Isaiah 12:5 Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things! Let this be known in all the earth! 

Isaiah 12:6 Cry aloud and shout, you inhabitant of Zion; for the Holy One of Israel is great among you!”

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for being in control today.  Lord, thank You for making a way for us to follow You.  I pray we will indeed trust You.  Lord, thank You for giving us so many chances to get our act together (Isaiah 10:20-25). Lord, I pray we will look forward to that day You come back for Your people (Isaiah 11:11).  Lord, thank You for being our salvation (Isaiah 12:2).  Lord, I pray we will not fear (Isaiah 12:2). Thank You for being our Strength and our Song (Isaiah 12:2). I pray we will call on Your name (Isaiah 12:4). I pray we will tell others about what You have done (Isaiah 12:4).  You have done glorious things (Isaiah 12:5). Great are You, the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 12:6). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I tell others about what the Lord has done for us.” <>< Dona