Wednesday, May 27, 2020

THE PREDICTION OF THE REJECTION OF CHRIST


PROCLAMATION
“This is what The Lord says, The Redeemer and The Holy One of Israel, to Him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: ‘Kings will see You and stand up, princes will see and bow down, because The Lord, who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel, who has chosen You.’”  Isaiah 49:7 (NIV)

EXPLANATION
Most Bible scholars believe that here in this forty-ninth chapter that the prophet Isaiah is presenting the words from God, The Father, and the words from God, The Son.  It begins with The Son referring to being called by The Father before his earthly birth. (Isaiah 49:1-3)  Then The Son said to God, The Father, that His earthly ministry was a labor in vain. (Isaiah 49:4)  God, The Father, said that He was to gather the chosen ones, the children of Israel, to Himself. (Israel 49:5)  God, The Father, also said that He would make The Son a light unto the Gentiles so that the offer of salvation would reach all around the world. (Isaiah 49:6)  Then God, The Father, said that The Son would be despised and abhorred by His own nation, but that kings and princes would later acknowledge and respect Him.

APPLICATION
This prophecy by Isaiah was spoken to the people of Israel some 600 to 700 years before the birth of Jesus, The Christ.  To them this was just a prediction which many of them did not believe and they continued in their sinful ways.  Today, we have the benefit of the hindsight of history in our favor and yet many people still do not believe and continue in their sinful ways.  We should pray, as the father of the young boy who was possessed by an evil spirit prayed, “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:17-24)  We need to ask Him to remove all of our doubts so that we may believe wholeheartedly and that all of our prayers will be fervent and effective. (James 5:16)


HARDHEADED AND STUBBORN


PROCLAMATION
“This is what The Lord says, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: ‘I am The Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.  If only you had paid attention to My commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.  Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains …”  Isaiah 48:17-19 (NIV)

EXPLANATION
After offering a call to salvation to the Gentiles in chapter forty-six, The Lord God speaks through the prophet Isaiah and predicts the fall of Babylon in chapter forty-seven of The Bible Book of Isaiah.  He said that they did wrong to the people of Israel and now nothing can save them from the wrath of God. (Isaiah 47:5-15)  Then, in chapter forty-eight He addresses the stubborn remnant of the line of Judah and tells them that He warned them, but they were hardheaded and would not listen to Him. (Isaiah 48:3-4)  The Lord God tells them that He teaches them that which is best for them and directs them in the way that they should go, but they did not pay attention to Him. (Isaiah 48:17-19)

APPLICATION
We all are blessed by The Lord God daily in more ways than we can count.  However, we miss out on many more conditional blessings because we do not obey God’s commands.  We have read The Bible and have heard it preached, but all too often we don’t obey God’s Holy Word.  We are stubborn and hardheaded, and we want to do things our own way.  Our hard head results in our punishments.  I am sure that your mother told you, just like my mother told me, that “A hard head makes for a soft (you know what).”  Our life here on earth would be so much better if we would listen to The Lord and do what He says. (Isaiah 48:18)


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A CALL TO SALVATION


PROCLAMATION
“Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are now far from My righteousness.  I am bringing My righteousness near, it is not far away; and My salvation will not be delayed.”  Isaiah 46:12-13 (NIV)

EXPLANATION
In chapter forty-five of The Bible Book of Isaiah, The Lord God speaks to His people through the prophet Isaiah and tells them that they will be delivered from captivity in Babylon by Cyrus. (Isaiah 45:1-4)  He reaffirms that He is the one and only true God and tells them of His power. (Isaiah 45:5-10)  Then He tells them of things which are to come in the future, and He also calls the Gentiles to salvation. (Isaiah 45:11-25)  In Chapter forty-six, He tells them that their man-made idols cannot save them, but that He can save them and sustain them. (Isaiah 46:1-4)  In the remainder of the chapter He presents the foolishness of worshiping idols and He ends with a call to salvation for the lost. (Isaiah 46:5-13)

APPLICATION
The kingdom of God is coming and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. (Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17, and Mark 1:15)  We will either be joyous participants within it or be lost and suffer for eternity.  Non-believers are now being given the opportunity to repent and believe before it is too late.  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth The Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10, KJV)


Monday, May 25, 2020

GOD'S PROMISES TO HIS PEOPLE


PROCLAMATION
“This is what The Lord says, He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: ‘Do not be afraid, Jacob, My servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.’”  Isaiah 44:2 (NIV)

EXPLANATION
In this chapter The Lord God speaks to His people through the prophet Isaiah and He tells them that they are His chosen people and that He will help them. (Isaiah 44:1-2)  He promises to bless them as He blesses the land with rain. (Isaiah 44:3-4)  Then He tells them of His power and warns them regarding the worship of idols. (Isaiah 44:6-20)  Then He repeats that He made them and tells them that He has forgiven their sins and has redeemed them. (Isaiah 44:21-22)  He promises to deliver them from their enemies, to rebuild their cities, and to restore them. (Isaiah 44:23-28)

APPLICATION
The Lord God knows every detail about us.  He knows our thoughts, spoken words, and actions.
 It was He that created us and formed us while we were in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13-16, Isaiah 44:2 and 44:24)  He is all powerful (Matthew 28:18) and He has promised to help us, (Psalm 46:1) to protect us, (Psalm 91:4) to preserve us, (Psalm 31:23) and to restore unto us all that is taken from us. (Isaiah 57:18 and Jeremiah 30:17)  We are His chosen people and we need to act like we belong to Him.  God’s promises can be conditional.  He said, “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)  Remember who we are and whose we are.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

THE LORD WILL MAKE A WAY


PROCLAMATION
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

EXPLANATION
In chapter forty-two of The Bible Book of Isaiah describes the character of the coming Christ (Isaiah 42:1-4) and the blessing which will come to them when He establishes His kingdom. (Isaiah 42:6-12)  He will lead all those who trust Him for they cannot see the future which He can see. (Isaiah 42:18-21)  In chapter forty-three, The Lord God is speaking to the people of Israel through the prophet Isaiah and reminding them that He delivered them through the Red Sea, and He drowned Pharaoh’s army. (Isaiah 43:16-17)  Then He tells them not to dwell on the past for He is doing a new thing for them and making a away through the wilderness.

APPLICATION
The Lord God told Israel, and He is telling us today, that the deliverance out of past situations would be outdone by the deliverance He will provide for us out of our new predicament.  He made a way for them in the past and He will make a way out of our storms for us today.  He will do for us something which has never been done before.  All we have to do is believe in Him, call on Him, and trust in Him. 



Friday, May 22, 2020

THE LORD GOD IS OUR HELP


PROCLAMATION
“So do no fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

EXPLANATION
Here The Lord God speaks to Israel through the prophet Isaiah and tells them that He will strengthen them, help them, and protect them.  He reminds them, and all of the surrounding nations, that He cares for them. (Isaiah 41:1-9)  He encourages them and tells them that He will protect them. (Isaiah 41:10-20)  Then He presents Himself as the only one and true God by showing what He has done which the idol gods cannot do. (Isaiah 41:21-29)

APPLICATION
The Lord God has done for us things that no one or nothing else could ever do.  From our creation in our mother’s womb and our birth, (Psalm 139:13-16) to keeping us alive and safe though all of the years of our life.  He has protected us from our enemies and provided for our needs, and He will continue to do so. (Isaiah 41:10-14)  This promise is not just for Israel, it is for all believers.  This promise is not earned; all we have to do to receive it is believe.


Monday, May 18, 2020

KEEP YOUR HOPE IN THE LORD


PROCLAMATION

“But those who hope in The Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

EXPLANATION
Chapter forty of The Bible Book of Isaiah presents The Lord God as The Savior and focuses on His grace.  It begins offering a comfort to God’s people, given all that they had been through. (Isaiah 40:1-5)  God is described as a gentle shepherd who carries His lambs close to His heart. (Isaiah 40:11)  Then there is a lengthy discourse proving that The Lord God has no equal and that nothing or no one really compares to Him. (Isaiah 40:12-29)  Finally it states that even young men will get tired and weary, but they that have their hope in The Lord God will have their strength renewed.  They will be able to run and not get tired, and they will be able walk long distances and not faint.  They will also rise up and fly high, and like eagles they will soar effortlessly in the air.

APPLICATION
Bible scholars suggest that this verse refers to three levels of power, walking, running, and flying, or three stages of Christian growth, the young can run, the adults will fly, and the mature will walk non-stop in the ways of God without getting tired.  The Lord God gives strength to the weary and power to the weak. (Isaiah 40:29)  All of our human ability to function comes from God.  It is in Him that we live, move, and have our very being. (Acts 17:28)  As we age, our physical abilities change.  They increase while we are young, and then gradually decrease when we get old.  However, our spiritual abilities should continue to increase as we grow in knowledge and holiness, as we progress from babes in Christ to mature Christian adults, and as we progress from milk to meat. (1 Corinthians 3:2)  We need to thank The Lord God for all that He has done, is doing, and will do for us.  Let us remember to keep our hope and faith in The Lord. (1 Thessalonians 1:3)  Things may be dismal right now but continue to wait on The Lord. (Psalm 27:14)