Saturday, February 3, 2018

February 3 - Isaiah 15

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 15. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • God is ready to unleash punishment on the neighbors of Israel, the nation of Moab. God also pronounces that the nation of Moab will be destroyed in three years time. 
  • Despite being neighbors, the Moabites had historically opposed the Israelites, both spiritually and politically. 
  • Israel invites those fleeing Moab to stay with them but, because of pride, they refuse. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Despite not wanting to worship God, the Moabites are still under God's law and will face punishment for their disobedience to him. In the same way, our attitude toward God doesn’t change who God is. 
  • We must constantly evaluate our view of God and see how it compares to what the Bible says.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • A common theme we keep seeing throughout Isaiah is disobedience to God, both by his people and other nations who do not worship him as God. This is a good reminder that all humanity is accountable to God.
  • If your view of God is determined more by your own assumptions than by what the Bible says, this is a great time to explore the truths about God. A great starting point is our “Exploring Faith” page: http://vivalaverve.org/first-steps/exploring-faith/