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“May you and I seek comfort from the Lord when we face adversity” <>< Dona (10/01/20)

Please read Isaiah 40 through 42.  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 40 Theme

God’s comfort for His people.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, we can receive comfort from You even as we face adversity (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Preparing a level highway in the desert means removing obstacles and extending an invitation to God to travel with us (v. 3-5). The powerful nations are not the ones with strong military they are the ones who trust in God (v. 10). Isaiah described God’s creative ability, His ability to sustain us and His presence in our life (v. 12-14, 21-26).

Something to experience

We are mortal and are like grass that withers but God’s Word stands forever (v. 6-8). God is our shepherd who gently cares for and guides us, His flock (v. 11). Our everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn’t faint and doesn’t grow weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to us when we are weak.  When we have no might He gives us strength. He will renew our strength when we wait for Him. Then we will run, and not be weary.  We will walk, and not faint (v. 27-31).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 40:1-2 1 “Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak comfortably to Jerusalem; and call out to her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”

Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of one who calls out, “Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness!  Make a level highway in the desert for our God.  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.  The uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain.  The Lord’s glory shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.”

Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice of one saying, “Cry!”  One said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Lord’s breath blows on it. Surely the people are like grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Sovereign Lord will come as a mighty one, and His arm will rule for Him.  Behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him. 

Isaiah 40:11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd.  He will gather the lambs in His arm, and carry them in His bosom.  He will gently lead those who have their young.

Isaiah 40:12-14 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the sky with His span, and calculated the dust of the earth in a measuring basket, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13 Who has directed the Lord’s Spirit, or has taught Him as His counselor?  14 Who did He take counsel with, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice, and taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are like a drop in a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on a balance.  Behold, He lifts up the islands like a very little thing.

Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?

Isaiah 40:21-26 21 Haven’t you known?  Haven’t you heard?  Haven’t you been told from the beginning?  Haven’t you understood from the foundations of the earth?  22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in, 23 who brings princes to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.  24 They are planted scarcely.  They are sown scarcely.  Their stock has scarcely taken root in the ground.  He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the whirlwind takes them away as stubble.  25 “To whom then will you liken Me?  Who is My equal?” says the Holy One.  26 Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these, who brings out their army by number.  He calls them all by name.  By the greatness of His might, and because He is strong in power, not one is lacking.

Isaiah 40:27-31 27 Why do you say, Jacob, and speak, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me is disregarded by my God?”  28 Haven’t you known?  Haven’t you heard?  The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn’t faint.  He isn’t weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak.  He increases the strength of him who has no might. 30 Even the youths faint and get weary, and the young men utterly fall; 31 but those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength.  They will mount up with wings like eagles.  They will run, and not be weary.  They will walk, and not faint.

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Isaiah 41 Theme

The Lord calls all (v. 4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You not only are Israel’s help you are ours as well (v. 8-10).

Something to think about

Although God chose the people of Israel to represent Him to the world they failed to do so.  The Lord will take care of the poor and needy (v. 17-20).

Something to experience

Now all believers are God’s chosen people and we are called to represent Him to the world. God is with us (v. 10).  He is our God (v. 10). God gives us strength, help and victory over sin and death (v. 10).  God will be with us in our struggles (v. 11-14).  We will celebrate the victory with the Lord (v. 16).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 41:4 Who has worked and done it, calling the generations from the beginning?  I, the Lord, the first, and with the last, I am He.” 

Isaiah 41:8-10 “But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham My friend,   You whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and called from its corners, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away.’  10 Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.   Yes, I will help you.  Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.

Isaiah 41:11-14 11 Behold, all those who are incensed against you will be disappointed and confounded.  Those who strive with you will be like nothing, and shall perish.  12 You will seek them, and won’t find them, even those who contend with you.  Those who war against you will be as nothing, as a non-existent thing. 13 For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid.  I will help you.’ 14 Don’t be afraid …  I will help you,” says the Lord.  “Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.  … 

Isaiah 41:16 You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the whirlwind will scatter them.  You will rejoice in the Lord.  You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 41:17-20 17 The poor and needy seek water, and there is none.  Their tongue fails for thirst.  I, the Lord, will answer them.  I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.  18 I will open rivers on the bare heights, and springs in the middle of the valleys.  I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.  19 I will put cedar, acacia, myrtle, and oil trees in the wilderness.  I will set cypress trees, pine, and box trees together in the desert; 20   that they may see, know, consider, and understand together, that the Lord’s hand has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

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Isaiah 42 Theme

The Chosen One (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, this chapter is about Your chosen servant, our Messiah, Christ Jesus.

Something to think about

God’s chosen servant, His own Son, is delightful and will bring justice to the nations (v. 1) He will speak softly (v. 2).  He will be gentle and will faithfully bring justice (v. 3). He will not fail or be discouraged (v. 4).  Christ Jesus’ mission on earth was to help bring the knowledge of God to the world (v. 5-7).  God is worthy to be praised (v. 8-10).

Something to experience

We too can be a delight to the Lord.  We too can treat others fairly, speak with kindness, and be gentle.  We too can succeed (v. 1-4). God has called us to be servants of His Son, demonstrating righteous living and bringing His light to those around us (v. 5-7). We should praise the Lord (v. 8-10).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 42:1-41 “Behold, My servant, whom I uphold, My chosen, in whom My soul delights: I have put My Spirit on Him.  He will bring justice to the nations.  He will not shout, nor raise His voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street.  He won’t break a bruised reed.  He won’t quench a dimly burning wick.  He will faithfully bring justice.  4He will not fail nor be discouraged, until He has set justice in the earth, and the islands wait for His law.”

Isaiah 42:5-7 God the Lord, He who created the heavens and stretched them out, He who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it, He who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it, says:  “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness.  I will hold your hand.  I will keep you, and make you a covenant for the people, as a light for the nations, to open the blind eyes, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.

Isaiah 42:8 “I am the Lord.  That is My name.  I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to engraved images. Behold, the former things have happened and I declare new things.  I tell you about them before they come up.”

10 Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is therein, the islands and their inhabitants.

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for giving us Your Word that stands forever (Isaiah 40:6-8). Lord, thank You for being our shepherd and thank You for taking care of us and guiding us (Isaiah 40:11). Lord, thank You for giving us power when we are weak.  Thank You for giving us strength when we wait for You for then we can run and not be weary and we can walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:27-31). Lord, help us to represent You to the world.  Please be with us, be our God, give us strength and help us be victorious (Isaiah 41:10).  Lord, I pray all we think, say and do will delight You.  Lord I pray we will treat others with fairness, kindness and gentleness (Isaiah 42:1-4). Lord, I pray we will live a righteous life before You and others.  I pray You will shine through us (Isaiah 42:5-7).  Lord, I pray we will praise You continually (Isaiah 42:8-10). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I live lives that bring glory, honor and praise to the Lord.” <>< Dona