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“May you and I always listen to the Lord, our sure and firm foundation.” <>< Dona (09/25/20)

Please read Isaiah 28 through 30.  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 28 Theme

Ephraim – the northern kingdom of Israel (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are indeed a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty for Your people (v. 5).

Something to think about

The Lord is a spirit of justice and a source of strength (v. 6).  The people’s reaction to Isaiah is told in verses 9 through 13.   Isaiah tells them since they feel like he is the teacher and they are the children, the Assyrians (foreign lips and strange tongues) would teach them in a way they would like even less (v. 9-10, 11-13). Judah was afraid of the Assyrians and turned to other sources for security instead of trusting God (v. 14-15). 

Something to experience

Like the people of Judah, we need to listen to the Lord.  He is the only sure and firm foundation (v. 16-17).  The Lord is very careful how He handles what He plants and so should we (v. 26).  We need to be sensitive to the needs of those around us and the special treatment they may need (see v. 23-29).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim, and to the fading flower of his glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fertile valley of those who are overcome with wine! 

Isaiah 28:5 In that day, the Lord of Armies will become a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the residue of his people, 

Isaiah 28:6 and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Isaiah 28:9-10 Whom will he teach knowledge? To whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts? 10 For it is precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.

Isaiah 28:11-13 11 But he will speak to this nation with stammering lips and in another language, 12 to whom he said, “This is the resting place. Give rest to the weary,” and “This is the refreshing;” yet they would not hear. 13 Therefore the Lord’s word will be to them precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little; that they may go, fall backward, be broken, be snared, and be taken.

Isaiah 28:14-15 14 Therefore hear the Lord’s word, you scoffers, that rule this people in Jerusalem: 15 “Because you have said, ‘We have made a covenant with death, and we are in agreement with Sheol.  When the overflowing scourge passes through, it won’t come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and we have hidden ourselves under falsehood.’” 

Isaiah 28:16-17 16 Therefore the Sovereign Lord says, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone of a sure foundation. He who believes shall not act hastily. 17 I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plumb line. The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place. 

Isaiah 28:23-29 23 Give ear, and hear my voice! Listen, and hear my speech! 24 Does he who plows to sow plow continually? Does he keep turning the soil and breaking the clods? 25 When he has leveled its surface, doesn’t he plant the dill, and scatter the cumin seed, and put in the wheat in rows, the barley in the appointed place, and the spelt in its place? 26 For his God instructs him in right judgment and teaches him. 27 For the dill are not threshed with a sharp instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned over the cumin; but the dill is beaten out with a stick, and the cumin with a rod. 28 Bread flour must be ground; so he will not always be threshing it. Although he drives the wheel of his threshing cart over it, his horses don’t grind it. 29 This also comes out from the Lord of Armies, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.

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Isaiah 29 Theme

Ariel (Jerusalem).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the humble and the needy will rejoice in You (v. 19).

Something to think about

The people of Jerusalem claimed to be close to God, but they were merely going through the motions so God said He would do a marvelous work (of judgment) among them (v. 13-14). The people of Jerusalem tried to hide their plans and deeds from God (v. 15-16).  

Something to experience

God knows everything about us (v. 15).  If we want to be called God’s people, we need to be obedient and worship Him honestly and sincerely (v. 22-24).   

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 29:13-14 13 The Lord said, “Because this people draws near with their mouth and honors Me with their lips, but they have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment of men which has been taught; 14 therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work (of judgment) among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their prudent men will be hidden.”

Isaiah 29:15-16 15 Woe to those who deeply hide their counsel from the Lord, and whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, “Who sees us?” and “Who knows us?” 16 You turn things upside down! Should the potter be thought to be like clay; that the thing made should say about him who made it, “He didn’t make me;” or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding?”

Isaiah 29:19 The humble also will increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 

Isaiah 29:22-24 22 Therefore the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob shall no longer be ashamed, neither shall his face grow pale. 23 But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in the middle of him, they will sanctify My name. Yes, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. 24 They also who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who grumble will receive instruction.”

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Isaiah 30 Theme

Judah, the rebellious children (v. 9). 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the people of Judah didn’t seek Your counsel (v. 1).

Something to think about

The Lord said the people of Judah (His people) would be put to shame because those (Pharaoh and the Egyptians) who they were turning to for help would give none (v. 2-5).  God’s people didn’t want to hear the truth they wanted the prophets to stop confronting them with the truth (v. 10-11).  The Lord told them salvation didn’t come from other nations (v. 15).  The Lord longed to be gracious to His people, for salvation would only come from Him (v. 18). But the Lord would come against the Assyrian army because of how they had treated Judah (v. 27-28). The Lord would display His anger with acts of nature (v. 30).

Something to experience

As there was hope for the people of Judah, so it is for us.  When we cry out to the Lord He will hear.  And as soon as the Lord hears He will answer.  We should listen for and follow the direction of His voice (v. 19-21). The Lord will feed us and heal us when we turn to Him (v. 23, 26).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 30:1“Woe to the rebellious children”, says the Lord, “who take counsel, but not from Me; and who make an alliance, but not with My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin, 

Isaiah 30:2-5 “who set out to go down into Egypt, and have not asked My advice, to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore the strength of Pharaoh will be your shame, and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt your confusion. For their princes are at Zoan, and their ambassadors have come to Hanes. They shall all be ashamed because of a people that can’t profit them, that are not a help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.”

Isaiah 30:9 For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the Lord’s law; 

Isaiah 30:10-11 10 who tell the seers, “Don’t see!” and the prophets, “Don’t prophesy to us right things. Tell us pleasant things. Prophesy deceits. 11 Get out of the way. Turn away from the path. Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.” 

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, “You will be saved in returning and rest. Your strength will be in quietness and in confidence.”

Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you, for the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for Him. 

Isaiah 30:19-21 19 For the people will dwell in Zion at Jerusalem. You will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the voice of your cry. When He hears you, He will answer you. 20 Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers won’t be hidden any more, but your eyes will see your teachers; 21 and when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.” 

Isaiah 30:23 He will give the rain for your seed, with which you will sow the ground; and bread of the increase of the ground will be rich and plentiful. In that day, your livestock will feed in large pastures. 

Isaiah 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord binds up the fracture of His people, and heals the wound they were struck with.

Isaiah 30:27-28 Behold, the Lord’s name comes from far away, burning with His anger, and in thick rising smoke. His lips are full of indignation. His tongue is as a devouring fire. 28 His breath is as an overflowing stream that reaches even to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction. A bridle that leads to ruin will be in the jaws of the peoples (nations).

Isaiah 30:30 The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and will show the descent of His arm, with the indignation of His anger, and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast, storm, and hailstones. 

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will turn to You for security (Isaiah 28:14-15).  Lord, I pray we will listen to You for You are the only sure and firm foundation (Isaiah 28:16-17). Lord, I pray we will seek to plant only seeds we know are from You (Isaiah 28:26). Lord, I pray we will indeed be sensitive to the needs of those around us and the special treatment they may need (Isaiah 28:23-29).   Lord, I pray we will not merely go through the motion of being Christians but will be true Christians living out our life in obedience to You, through our thoughts, words and deeds (Isaiah 29:13-14).  Lord, I pray we will follow Your plan for our life (Isaiah 29:15-16). Lord, I pray we will obey and worship You honestly and sincerely (Isaiah 29:22-24).   Lord, I pray when we cry out  You will hear us and answer our cry (Isaiah 30:19-21). Lord, I pray we will be feed and healed when we turn to You (Isaiah 30:23, 26).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I be sensitive to the needs of those around us.” <>< Dona