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“May you and I seek God’s will in everything we do.” <>< Dona (09/21/20)

Please read Isaiah 16 through 18.  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 16 Theme

Moab’s prophecy continued.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Isaiah advised Judah to accept the Moab refugees as a sign of compassion during the Moab’s time of devastation (v. 3-4). 

Something to think about

Moab sought their own high place and prayed to no avail (v. 12).

Something to experience

When we seek our own ways instead of seeking God we too will not succeed.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 16:3-4  Give counsel! Execute justice! Make your shade like the night in the middle of the noonday! Hide the outcasts! Don’t betray the fugitive! Let my outcasts dwell with you! As for Moab, be a hiding place for him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortionist is brought to nothing. Destruction ceases. The oppressors are consumed out of the land. 

Isaiah 16:12 It will happen that when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, and comes to his sanctuary to pray, that he will not prevail.

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Isaiah 17 Theme

Damascus (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your message to Damascus was their complete destruction.

Something to think about

The people had forgotten God and would face disaster (v. 10-11).  Those who looted and plundered would be destroyed (v. 14).

Something to experience

We need to stay close to God in our thoughts, words and deeds.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 17:1 “Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.”

Isaiah 17:10-11 10 For you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not remembered the rock of your strength. Therefore you plant pleasant plants, and set out foreign seedlings. 11 In the day of your planting, you hedge it in. In the morning, you make your seed blossom, but the harvest flees away in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

Isaiah 17:14 At evening, behold, terror! Before the morning, they are no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.

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Isaiah 18 Theme

Cush.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Cush was doomed (v. 1).

Something to think about

Isaiah prophesied the destruction of Cush (v. 3-6).

Something to experience

Our only hope for safety is in the Lord (v. 7).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 18:1 Woe to the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia; (along the rivers of Cush).

Isaiah 18:3-6 All you inhabitants of the world, and you dwellers on the earth, when a banner is lifted up on the mountains, look! When the trumpet is blown, listen! For the Lord said to me, “I will be still, and I will see in My dwelling place, like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, He will cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and He will cut down and take away the spreading branches. They will be left together for the ravenous birds of the mountains, and for the animals of the earth. The ravenous birds will eat them in the summer, and all the animals of the earth will eat them in the winter. 

Isaiah 18:7 In that time, a present will be brought to the Lord of Armies from a people tall and smooth, even from a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that measures out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of the Lord of Armies, Mount Zion.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray our cities will not be destroyed as Moab was (Isaiah 15:1).  Lord, I pray our cities will not become heaps of ruins as Damascus did (Isaiah 17:1). I pray we will look sincerely to You for salvation and safety (Isaiah 17:7).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I look to the Lord for our salvation and our safety.” <>< Dona