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“May you and I discern God’s Voice from the chatter of the world.” (09/29/20)

Please read Isaiah 34 through 36.  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 34 Theme

Prophecy about the nations (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, are You as angry with us as You were with the nations about which Isaiah was prophesying (v. 2)?

Something to think about

True prophecy is what God has planned and what will surely happen.

Something to experience

Like what was being prophesied, we are experiencing chaos and desolation (v. 8, 10).  And possibly a disappearing of our nation (v. 11b-12).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 34:1 Come near, you nations, to hear!  Listen, you people.  Let the earth and all it contains hear, the world, and everything that comes from it.

Isaiah 34:2 For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and angry with all their armies.  He has utterly destroyed them.  He has given them over for slaughter.

Isaiah 34:8 For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Isaiah 34:10 It (Edom) won’t be quenched night or day.  Its smoke will go up forever.  From generation to generation, it will lie waste.  No one will pass through it forever and ever.

Isaiah 34:11-12 … 11 He (the Lord) will stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plumb line of emptiness.  12 They shall call its nobles to the kingdom, but none shall be there; and all its princes shall be nothing.

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Isaiah 35 Theme

The Redeemed.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Isaiah spoke a vision of beauty and encouragement.

Something to think about

This chapter is about God’s final kingdom in which He establishes His justice and destroys all evil (v. 1-10).

Something to experience

God doesn’t just point out the Way, He’s always ready to walk with us.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 35:1-10 1 The wilderness and the dry land will be glad.  The desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.  It will blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing.  Lebanon’s glory will be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon.  They will see the Lord’s glory, the excellence of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands, and make the feeble knees firm.  Tell those who have a fearful heart, “Be strong!  Don’t be afraid!  Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God’s retribution.  He will come and save you.  Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.  Then the lame man will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing; for waters will break out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.  The burning sand will become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.  Grass with reeds and rushes will be in the habitation of jackals, where they lay.  A highway will be there, a road, and it will be called “The Holy Way”.  The unclean shall not pass over it, but it will be for those who walk in the Way.  Wicked fools shall not go there.  No lion will be there, nor will any ravenous animal go up on it.  They will not be found there; but the redeemed will walk there.  10 Then the Lord’s ransomed ones will return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy will be on their heads.  They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

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Isaiah 36 Theme

King of Assyria threatens Jerusalem (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Assyria king was taunting Judah (v. 4-7).

Something to think about

King Hezekiah put great trust in Pharaoh’s promise to help Israel, but King Hezekiah had also eliminated idol worship so the people would worship the one true God (v. 7). 

Something to experience

Like King Hezekiah, we don’t have to be sinful to be ineffective for God. We need only be confused about what God wants. We should study carefully and regularly God’s Word so as to avoid being deceived.  If we know what God’s Word says, we will not fall for the lies of our enemy.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 36:1 Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all of the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 

Isaiah 36:4-7 Rabshakeh said to them, “Now tell Hezekiah, ‘The great king, the king of Assyria, says, “What confidence is this in which you trust? I say that your counsel and strength for the war are only vain words. Now in whom do you trust, that you have rebelled against me? Behold, you trust in the staff of this bruised reed, even in Egypt, which if a man leans on it, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. But if you tell me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God,’ isn’t that He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar?’” 

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Prayer

Lord, I pray many more people will turn to You before it is too late (Isaiah 34). Lord, I pray we will be led along the Way You want us to walk (Isaiah 35). Lord I pray we will live our lives according to Your Word (Isaiah 36).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I walk on the path God has chosen for us.” <>< Dona