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“May you and I declare the good news to others.” <>< Dona (10/07/20)

Please read Isaiah 52 through 54.  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 52 Theme

Encouragement for Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You declared the feet of those who bring the good news as beautiful (v. 7).

Something to think about

Those who bring the good news also publish peace, proclaim salvation and will say God reigns.  And they will sing because the Lord has comforted, redeemed and saved them (v. 8-10). The Lord said He would be traveling with the Israelites as they returned to Jerusalem (v. 11-12). Verses 13-15 spoke of the suffering of the Messiah, our Lord Jesus.

Something to experience

God gives each of us opportunities to share God’s Good News – His redemption, His salvation and His peace – with others.  When we do this, we too will be found to have beautiful feet and God will take care of us (v. 8-10). The Lord will travel with us too (v. 11-12). We came after the Messiah, our Lord Jesus, died on the cross (v. 13-15).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 

Isaiah 52:8-10 Your watchmen lift up their voice.  Together they sing; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord returns to Zion.  Break out into joy! Sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted His people.  He has redeemed Jerusalem.  10 The Lord has made His holy arm bare in the eyes of all the nations.  All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Isaiah 52:11-12 11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there! Touch no unclean thing!  Go out from among her!  Cleanse yourselves, you who carry the Lord’s vessels.  12 For you shall not go out in haste, neither shall you go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 52: 13 Behold, My servant will deal wisely.  He will be exalted and lifted up, and will be very high.  14 Just as many were astonished at you – His appearance was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men – 15 so He will cleanse many nations.  Kings will shut their mouths at Him; for they will see that which had not been told them, and they will understand that which they had not heard.

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Isaiah 53 Theme

Prophecy about the Messiah continues.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You choose to save the world through Your servant, Your Son, Christ Jesus.

Something to think about

Chapter 53 was written before Christ Jesus ever came to this earth. 

Something to experience

Read the chapter below very slowly and consider all Christ Jesus endured for you and me.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 53 1 Who has believed our message?  To whom has the Lord’s arm been revealed?  For He grew up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.  He has no good looks or majesty.  When we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering and acquainted with disease.  He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn’t respect Him.  Surely, He has borne our sickness and carried our suffering; yet we considered Him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions.  He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on Him; and by His wounds we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray.  Everyone has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, yet when He was afflicted, He didn’t open His mouth.  As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He didn’t open His mouth.  He was taken away by oppression and judgment.  As for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people?  They made His grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.  10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him.  He has caused Him to suffer. When you make His soul an offering for sin, He will see His offspring.  He will prolong His days and the Lord’s pleasure will prosper in His hand.  11 After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light and be satisfied.  My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of Himself; and He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give Him a portion with the great.  He will divide the plunder with the strong; because He poured out His soul to death and was counted with the transgressors; yet He bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors.

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Isaiah 54 Theme

Our future.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You said You were Israel’s husband and Israel was Your wife (v. 5-6).

Something to think about

Though the Lord abandoned Israel because of her sins, He still called Israel His (v. 7-8). And He had made a covenant of peace with Israel that at a future time He would make good on (v. 9-10). The Lord would also restore Israel’s wealth and teach her children (v. 11-13).  The Israelites would be established in righteousness.  They would be kept from oppression and fear.  And the Lord would bring down their enemies (v. 14-15).  Additionally, the Lord said no weapon would be able to take down Israel.  And every word brought against the Israelites would be condemned – this would be their heritage (v. 16-17).  

Something to experience

As Christians we are grafted into the Jewish lineage so we too belong to the Lord.  He will fulfill every promise He’s ever made to us. He will bless us and our children.  We can live righteous lives.  And we can trust the Lord to protect us.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 54:5-6 “For your Maker is your husband; The Lord of Armies is His name. The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer.  He will be called the God of the whole earth.  For the Lord has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off,” says your God.

Isaiah 54:7-8 “For a small moment I have forsaken you, but I will gather you with great mercies.  In overflowing wrath I hid My face from you for a moment, but with everlasting loving kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.

Isaiah 54:9-10 “For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah will no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.  10 For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but My loving kindness will not depart from you, and My covenant of peace will not be removed,” says the Lord who has mercy on you.

Isaiah 54:11-13 11 “You afflicted, tossed with storms, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels,  and all your walls of precious stones.  13 All your children will be taught by the Lord; and your children’s peace will be great.”

Isaiah 54:14-15 14 “You will be established in righteousness. You will be far from oppression, for you will not be afraid, and far from terror, for it shall not come near you.  15 Behold, they may gather together, but not by Me.   Whoever gathers together against you will fall because of you.”

Isaiah 54:16-17 16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame, and forges a weapon for his work; and I have created the destroyer to destroy.  17 No weapon that is formed against you will prevail; and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.  This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants, and their righteousness is of Me,” says the Lord.

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for giving each of us opportunities to share Jesus with others (Isaiah 52:8-10).  Lord, I pray You will always be with us wherever we go (Isaiah 52:11-12).  Lord thank You for sending us a Savior, Christ Jesus (Isaiah 52:13-14, 53:1-12). Lord, I pray we will repent and faithfully follow You (Isaiah 7-8). Lord, I ask You to be with us and protect us (Isaiah 54:11-17). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I seek God’s presence and protection.” <>< Dona