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“May the Lord protect you, me and our loved ones during these distressing times.” <>< Dona (09/15/20)

Please read Isaiah 4 through 6.  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 4 Theme

The Lord’s branch.

Response

Oh! Wow! the Lord’s branch is referring to the Messiah, Christ Jesus (v. 2). 

Something to think about

During the distress predicted by Isaiah God will protect His people.  They will be set apart for Him. They will be His pride and glory (v. 2). They will be called holy (v. 3). God will wash away the filth (v. 4). God will provide a canopy, a shelter and shade from the heat and a refuge and shelter from storms and rain (v. 5-6).

Something to experience

Even in America’s distress, God is protecting us, His people (v. 2).  We, His people are holy too (v. 3). When we turned our lives over to the Lord, He washed the filth from our lives (v. 4).  And God has provided us with a covering, Christ Jesus who is our refuge and shelter (v. 6).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 4:2 In that day, the Lord’s branch will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the beauty and glory of the survivors of Israel. 

Isaiah 4:3 It will happen that he who is left in Zion and he who remains in Jerusalem shall be called holy, even everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 4:4 The Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from within it, by the spirit of justice and by the spirit of burning. 

Isaiah 4:5-6 The Lord will create over the whole habitation of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for over all the glory will be a canopy. There will be a pavilion for a shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a refuge and for a shelter from storm and from rain.

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Isaiah 5 Theme

The vineyard’s song.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the vineyard being spoken of was the house of Israel (v. 1, 7).

Something to think about

God condemns six sins.  Taking advantage of others (v. 8-10); Drunkenness (v. 11-12); Being proud of sin (v. 18-19); Confusing moral standards (v. 20); Being conceited (v. 21); perverting justice (v. 22-24).

Something to experience

We need to turn from any sin that we find in our life.  For just like Israel our sin will catch up with us if we don’t repent.  Sin has consequences.  Although God is slow to judge, He will eventually punish those who continue to sin (v. 26-30). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 5:1, 7 1 Let  me sing for My beloved a song about His vineyard.  My beloved had a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. … 7 The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the house of Israel and the men of Judah are the garden of His delight …

Isaiah 5:8-10    Woe to those who join house to house, who lay field to field, until there is no room, and you are made to dwell alone in the middle of the land!  In my ears, the Lord of Armies says: “Surely many houses will be desolate, even great and beautiful, unoccupied.  10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield an ephah.”

Isaiah 5:11-12 11 Woe to those who rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink, who stay late into the night, until wine inflames them!  12 The harp, lyre, tambourine, and flute, with wine, are at their feasts; but they don’t respect the work of the Lord, neither have they considered the operation of His hands.

Isaiah 5:18-19 18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and wickedness as with cart rope, 19 who say, “Let Him make haste, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it!”

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:21Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:22-24 22 Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and champions at mixing strong drink; 23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent!  24 Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust, because they have rejected the law of the Lord of Armies, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 5:26-30 26 He will lift up a banner to the nations from far away, and He will whistle for them from the end of the earth.  Behold, they will come speedily and swiftly.  27 No one shall be weary nor stumble among them; no one shall slumber nor sleep, neither shall the belt of their waist be untied, nor the strap of their sandals be broken, 28 whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent.  Their horses’ hoofs will be like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind.  29 Their roaring will be like a lioness.  They will roar like young lions.  Yes, they shall roar, and seize their prey and carry it off, and there will be no one to deliver.  30 They will roar against them in that day like the roaring of the sea.  If one looks to the land, behold, darkness and distress.  The light is darkened in its clouds.

Isaiah 6 Theme

Isaiah was commissioned by God (v. 8-10).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Isaiah had a vision of You sitting on Your throne (v. 1).

Something to think about

In Isaiah’s vision he saw angels calling to one another (v. 2-3).  Isaiah realized he was unclean before the Lord (v. 5).  The Lord and Isaiah had a conversation in his vision (v. 8-13).

Something to experience

We believers should also answer the Lord’s question “Who shall I send? And who will go for us?” with “Here am I.  Send me!”

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up; and His train filled the temple. 

Isaiah 6:2-3 Above Him stood the seraphim (angels). Each one had six wings. With two he covered his face. With two he covered his feet. With two he flew. One called to another, and said, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Armies!  The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Isaiah 6:5 Then I (Isaiah) said, “Woe is me! For I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies!”

Isaiah 6:8 I heard the Lord’s voice, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  Then I said, “Here I am. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:9 He said, “Go, and tell this people, ‘You hear indeed, but don’t understand.  You see indeed, but don’t perceive.’” Isaiah 6:11-13 11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”  He answered, “Until cities are waste without inhabitant, houses without man, the land becomes utterly waste, 12 and the Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many within the land.  13 If there is a tenth left in it, that also will in turn be consumed, as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stump remains when they are cut down; so, the holy seed is its stock.”

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Prayer

Lord, I ask You to protect us, Your people (Isaiah 4:2). Thank You for forgiving our sins and making us holy (Isaiah 4:3-4). Thank You for covering our sins with Christ Jesus’ blood (Isaiah 4:6). Lord, I pray we will turn from any sins that we find in our life (Isaiah 5:26-30). We believers should also answer Your question “Who shall I send? And who will go for us?” with “Here am I.  Send me!”  Lord, I pray when You call us we will obey (Isaiah 6:8).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I say ‘yes’ when the Lord calls us.” <>< Dona