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“May you and I worship the Lord in body, mind and spirit.” <>< Dona (10/09/20)

Please read Isaiah 58 through 60.  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 58 Theme

Fasting.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, true worship of You is more than just a religious ritual (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Though God’s people were fasting it was a physical act not the spiritual kind that God required (v. 3-4). God’s plan for fasting was explained (v. 5-7).

Something to experience

Our deeds of service mean nothing unless they’re done in light of our faith in God.  God wants our religious service to not just be done to better us, but also to help those around us (v. 5-7). Their are beneficial results of doing things God’s way (v. 8).  For then when we call on the Lord He will answer (v. 9a). And the Lord will guide us when we obey Him (v. 9b-11). And through following the Lord’s way we will experience joy (v. 14).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 58:121 “Cry aloud! Don’t spare! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Declare to My people their disobedience, and to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways.  As a nation that did righteousness, and didn’t forsake the ordinance of their God, they ask of Me righteous judgments.  They delight to draw near to God.” 

Isaiah 58:3-4 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you don’t see?  Why have we afflicted our soul, and you don’t notice?’  “Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and oppress all your laborers.  Behold, you fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of wickedness.  You don’t fast today so as to make your voice to be heard on high.” 

Isaiah 58:5-7 5 “Is this the fast that I have chosen?  A day for a man to humble his soul?  Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under himself?  Will you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? “Isn’t this the fast that I have chosen: to release the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Isn’t it to distribute your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you not hide yourself from your own flesh?”

Isaiah 58:8 “Then your light will break out as the morning, and your healing will appear quickly; then your righteousness shall go before you, and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.”

Isaiah 58:9a “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer.  You will cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’” …

Isaiah 58:9b-11  “If you take away from among you the yoke, finger pointing, and speaking wickedly; 10 and if you pour out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light will rise in darkness, and your obscurity will be as the noonday; 11 and the Lord will guide you continually, satisfy your soul in dry places, and make your bones strong.  You will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters don’t fail.”

Isaiah 58:14 “Then you will delight yourself in the Lord, and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth, and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father;” for the Lord’s mouth has spoken it.

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Isaiah 59 Theme

Sin separates.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, no matter how insignificant we think it is, sin will separate us from You (v. 1-2).  

Something to think about

Those whose deeds are evil will not find peace in this world (v. 6b-8). 

Something to experience

Only those of us who have confessed our sin to God and accepted His offer of salvation will be allowed into God’s kingdom (v. 15b-17). The Lord is our Redeemer (v. 20). And He has made a covenant with those who follow Him (v. 21).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it can’t save; nor His ear dull, that it can’t hear.  But your iniquities have separated you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

Isaiah 59:6b-8 6… Their works are works of iniquity, and acts of violence are in their hands.  Their feet run to evil, and they hurry to shed innocent blood.  Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity.  Desolation and destruction are in their paths. They don’t know the way of peace; and there is no justice in their ways.  They have made crooked paths for themselves; whoever goes in them doesn’t know peace.

Isaiah 59:15b-17 … The Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.  16 He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.  Therefore, His own arm brought salvation to Him; and His righteousness sustained Him.  17 He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head.  He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle.

Isaiah 59:20 “A Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from disobedience in Jacob,” says the Lord. 

Isaiah 59:21 “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit who is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your offspring, nor out of the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now on and forever.”

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Isaiah 60 Theme

The coming kingdom.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, one day Your glory will rise upon and shine on Jerusalem (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Other nations will be drawn to Jerusalem (v. 3-5).  They will rebuild her walls and serve her (v. 10).  Men will bring the wealth of nations to Jerusalem (v. 11). The nations and kingdom that will not serve Jerusalem will perish (v. 12).

Something to experience

One day the Lord will be our everlasting light and our days of sorrow will end (v. 20).  And all of us who have followed the Lord will be righteous (v. 21).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Isaiah 60:1-2 1“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the Lord’s glory has risen on you.  For, behold, darkness will cover the earth, and thick darkness the nations; but the Lord will arise on you, and His glory shall be seen on you.”

Isaiah 60:3-5 “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.  Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather themselves together.  They come to you.  Your sons will come from far away, and your daughters will be carried in arms.  Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you.  The wealth of the nations will come to you.”

Isaiah 60:10 “Foreigners will build up your walls, and their kings will serve you: for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you.” 

Isaiah 60:11 “Your gates also shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations, and their kings led captive.”

Isaiah 60:12 “For that nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly wasted.”

Isaiah 60:20 “Your sun will not go down any more, nor will your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will end.”

Isaiah 60:21 “Then your people will all be righteous.  They will inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will live out our faith in a way that brings glory, honor and praise to You (Isaiah 58:5-7). Lord, I pray we will seek to live out Your plan for our life (Isaiah 58:8).  For then You will hear and answer our call (Isaiah 58:9).  Lord, I pray we will indeed be welcomed into Your kingdom (Isaiah 59:15-17).  Thank You for being our Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20). Lord, I pray we will continually look forward to spending eternity with You (Isaiah 60:20).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I continually look forward to spending eternity with God.” <>< Dona