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“May you and I believe in, talk to, listening to and obey God.” <>< Dona (09/16/20)

Please read Isaiah 7 through 9.  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 7 Theme

Immanuel (v. 14).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, long before Christ Jesus was born Isaiah spoke of Him (v. 14-16).

Something to think about

Though Assyria (see v. 17) would be the instrument God used to destroy Israel, He would only allow Judah to be punished (v. 7).  God’s plans cannot be stopped (v. 4, 7-9).

Something to experience

We need to believe in, talk to, listening to and obey God (v. 9b).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 7:4, 7-9) (The Lord said to Isaiah) “Tell him (King Ahaz), ‘Be careful, and keep calm. Don’t be afraid, neither let your heart be faint … This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “It shall not stand, neither shall it happen.” For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim shall be broken in pieces, so that it shall not be a people. The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.’”

Isaiah 7:14-16 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 He shall eat butter and honey when He knows to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the child knows to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor shall be forsaken.

Isaiah 7:17 The Lord will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah, even the king of Assyria.

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Isaiah 8 Theme

The Lord’s way (v. 17).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You gently remind us over and over but eventually time does run out (v. 5-8).

Something to think about

The Lord told Isaiah to not follow the way of those who had committed themselves to following the ways of the king of the land (v. 11-12).  For the Lord Almighty was the one to fear and He was the one to regard as holy (v. 13).  The Lord instructed Isaiah to write down and save what He had said (v. 16).  And Isaiah said he was willing to wait for the Lord (v. 17).  Only God is eternal and He alone knows the future (v. 19).

Something to experience

Again, I’m being reminded of what is happening in America right now.  People are rejecting God (v. 5-8).  But I’m going to believe as Isaiah did, God is with those who trust Him (v. 9-10). I am willing to accept the Lord’s timing and therefore put my trust in Him (v. 17).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 8:5-8 The Lord spoke to me yet again, saying, “Because this people has refused the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son; now therefore, behold, the Lord brings upon them the mighty flood waters of the River: the king of Assyria and all his glory. It will come up over all its channels, and go over all its banks. It will sweep onward into Judah. It will overflow and pass through. It will reach even to the neck. The stretching out of its wings will fill the width of your land, Immanuel. 

Isaiah 8:9-10 Make an uproar, you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Listen, all you from far countries: dress for battle, and be shattered! Dress for battle, and be shattered! 10 Take counsel together, and it will be brought to nothing; speak the word, and it will not stand, for God is with us.” 

Isaiah 8:11-12 11 For the Lord spoke this to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, 12 “Don’t say, ‘A conspiracy!’ concerning all about which this people say, ‘A conspiracy!’ neither fear their threats, nor be terrorized. 

Isaiah 8:13 The Lord of Armies is who you must respect as holy. He is the one you must fear. He is the one you must dread. 

Isaiah 8:16 Wrap up the covenant. Seal the law among my disciples. 

Isaiah 8:17 I will wait for the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him. 

Isaiah 8:19 When they tell you, “Consult with those who have familiar spirits and with the wizards, who chirp and who mutter,” shouldn’t a people consult with their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? 

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Isaiah 9 Theme

God’s Son.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You sent a great light to Your people (v. 2).

Something to think about

Verses 6 and 7 described Christ though He had not yet come to earth.

Something to experience

God may not take us out of our troubles or even around our troubles.  But when we follow Him with our whole heart, He will lead us safely through our troubles (v. 2-3).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 9:2-3 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.  The light has shined on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death.  You have multiplied the nation.  You have increased their joy.  They rejoice before you according to the joy in harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the plunder. 

Isaiah 9:6-7 For a Child is born to us. A Son is given to us; and the government will be on His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, on David’s throne, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Armies will perform this.

Prayer

Lord, I pray we will believe in, talk to, listening to and obey You (Isaiah 7:9b). Lord I pray for our nation. I pray those that are right now destroying America (see Isaiah 8:5-8) and are rejecting You will soon repent and turn to You. Lord, I pray You will be with us Your people (Isaiah 8:10). Lord, I pray we will accept Your timing and therefore put our trust in You (Isaiah 8:17). Lord thank You for sending Your Son to earth to be our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, and our Prince of Peace to govern over us (Isaiah 9:6-7). In His name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I accept the Lord’s timing and therefore put our trust in Him.” <>< Dona