Saturday, March 3, 2018

March 3 - Isaiah 27

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 27. 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?)
  • Isaiah touches on a future judgement upon Leviathan (an imagery used for Satan). 
  • Isaiah talks about the vineyard that God tends. The vineyard is the people. 
  • We read about punishment for those who are worshipping idols. 
  • We see that the people will be redeemed by “atonement.” To atone for something is to cover or repair something that’s broken. This is foreshadowing that Jesus’ blood will cover the sins his people have committed.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is an ever patient God, tending to his people despite their idol worship and continued disobedience. 
  • We are reminded repeatedly in the book of Isaiah of a few key points: God is a loving God. God is a God who sees all. God wants to be first in our hearts and minds. There are consequences for disobedience. Despite his heartbreak, God has a plan for redemption. 
  • We see a foreshadowing of what Jesus will do for us on the cross, ultimately redeeming us as no other sacrifice has been able to do. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you feel like God doesn’t love you because you’ve done things that are “too bad”? This chapter reminds us that no matter what we’ve done, Jesus’ sacrifice covers for it. What would your life look like if you embraced that fact? Would you love people more freely, invest more time in your relationship with God, or start thinking more highly of yourself? Ask God to show you how his love can change the way you live today.