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“May you and I trust the Lord to fulfill all His promises.” <>< Dona (09/24/20)

Please read Isaiah 25 through 27.  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 25 Theme

Praise the Lord (v. 1a).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago (v. 1b).

Something to think about

Isaiah believed the Lord would complete His plans as promised (v. 1c). Isaiah believed the Lord was concerned for the poor and needy (v. 4). Isaiah believed the Lord’s followers would be invited to His feast (v. 6).  Isaiah believed the faithful would celebrate the overthrow of evil and the joy of their eternity with God (v. 7). Isaiah believed the Lord would wipe away the tears and remove the disgrace of His people (v. 8). Isaiah also believed one day all those who had been faithfully following the Lord would be saved (v. 9). Lastly Isaiah believed the Lord would judge and bring down the prideful (v. 11b-12).

Something to experience

We too can trust the Lord to always fulfill His promises (v. 1).  When we feel we’re being marginalized or oppressed, we too can turn to the Lord for comfort and help (v. 4). We too can look forward to a celebration feast with the Lord when evil is done away with; when we will experience eternity with God; when our tears will be wiped away; when we are saved and when God judges the sinful (v. 6-9, 11b-12).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 25:1 O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You! I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago, in complete faithfulness and truth. 

Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the blast of the dreaded ones is like a storm against the wall. 

Isaiah 25:6 In this mountain, the Lord of Armies will make all people (nations) a feast of choice meat, a feast of choice wines, of choice meat full of marrow, of well refined choice wines. 

Isaiah 25:7 He will destroy in this mountain the surface of the covering that covers all people (nations), and the veil that is spread over all nations. 

Isaiah 25:8 He has swallowed up death forever! The Lord will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will take the reproach of His people away from off all the earth, for the Lord has spoken it.

Isaiah 25:9 It shall be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God! We have waited for Him, and He will save us! This is the Lord! We have waited for Him. We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation!” 

Isaiah 25:11b-12 11 … God will bring down their (the sinful’s) pride despite the cleverness of their hands.  12 He has brought the high fortress of your walls down, laid low, and brought to the ground, even to the dust.

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Isaiah 26 Theme

A praise song (v. 1a).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the city in the land of Judah will be secure because You are there (v. 1).

Something to think about

The gates to this city where God is will be open to the righteous nation, to those who kept the faith (v. 2) God will provide perfect peace for those whose minds are steadfast on and trusting in Him (v. 3-4). Isaiah believed his body would rise again (v. 19). When the time comes for God to judge the earth, the guilty will not be able to hide (v. 20-21).

Something to experience

At times it can be difficult to walk a righteous path, but we are never alone.  God is always with us to lead us (v. 7-8).  Nobody but the Lord can give us true peace (v. 12-13).  When we believers are raised to be with the Lord we will shout for joy (v. 19).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 26:1 In that day, this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city.  God appoints salvation for walls and bulwarks.”

Isaiah 26:2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter: the one which keeps faith.

Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep whoever’s mind is steadfast in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever; for the Lord is an everlasting Rock.

Isaiah 26:7-8 The way of the just is uprightness.  You who are upright make the path of the righteous level.  Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You.  Your name and Your renown are the desire of Your soul.

Isaiah 26:12-13 12 O Lord, You will ordain peace for us, for You have also done all our work for us. 13 O Lord, our God, other lords besides You have had dominion over us, but we will only acknowledge Your name.

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead shall live.  Dead bodies shall arise.  Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth will cast out the departed spirits.

Isaiah 26:20-21 20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms, and shut your doors behind you.  Hide yourself for a little moment, until the indignation is past.  21 For, behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity.  The earth also will disclose her blood, and will no longer cover her slain.

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Isaiah 27 Theme

Israel’s deliverance.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You will punish the evil (represented by leviathan) in this world (v. 1).

Something to think about

God will protect and care for Israel, His vineyard (v. 2-6). My Bible notes say: Only God can take away sin, but to be driven out of the land was considered the penalty that would purify God’s people (v. 8-9). My Bible notes say: Like Israel, trees may dry up from internal rottenness and become good for nothing but building a fire (v. 11). 

Something to experience

If we believe in Him, we are part of God’s fruitful vineyard.  For we come to know God through Israel. We need to be firmly attached to God’s spiritual tree.  God’s reason to judge the earth is not to show vengeance but to purge us from sin. And make us, the faithful ones, better equipped for fruitful service (v. 12-13).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 27:1 In that day, the Lord with His hard and great and strong sword will punish leviathan, the fleeing serpent, and leviathan the twisted serpent; and He will kill the dragon that is in the sea.

Isaiah 27:2-6 In that day, sing to her, “A pleasant vineyard! I, the Lord, am its keeper. I will water it every moment. Lest anyone damage it, I will keep it night and day. Wrath is not in Me, but if I should find briers and thorns, I would do battle! I would march on them and I would burn them together. Or else let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me. Let him make peace with Me.”  In days to come, Jacob will take root. Israel will blossom and bud. They will fill the surface of the world with fruit. 

Isaiah 27:8-9 In measure, when you send them away, you contend with them. He has removed them with His rough blast in the day of the east wind. Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be forgiven, and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: that he makes all the stones of the altar as chalk stones that are beaten in pieces, so that the Asherah poles and the incense altars shall rise no more. 

Isaiah 27:11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off. The women will come and set them on fire, for they are a people of no understanding. Therefore, He who made them will not have compassion on them, and He who formed them will show them no favor.

Isaiah 27:12-13 It will happen in that day that the Lord will thresh from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered one by one, children of Israel. 13 It will happen in that day that a great trumpet will be blown; and those who were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and those who were outcasts in the land of Egypt, shall come; and they will worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for faithfully carrying out Your plans (Isaiah 25:1).  Lord, thank You for taking care of the poor and needy (Isaiah 25:4).  Lord, when we feel marginalized or oppressed, I pray we will turn to You for comfort and help too. Lord, I pray we will look forward to eternity with You (Isaiah 25:9).  Lord, I pray our minds will be steadfast on and trust in You (Isaiah 26:3-4). Lord, I pray You will always walk with us (Isaiah 26:7-8).  Lord, I ask You to give us true peace (Isaiah 26:12-13). Lord, I pray we will shout for joy when we meet You face to face (Isaiah 26:19). Lord, I ask You to protect and care for us (Isaiah 27:2-6). Lord, I pray we will be healthy and productive branches (Isaiah 27:11-13).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.  

“May you and I be healthy and productive Christians.” <>< Dona