Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21 - Isaiah 44

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 44. 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?)
  • A detailed description of the foolishness of idol makers is illustrated. In verses 9-20, the process that a blacksmith and carpenter go through in creating idols and worshipping them, is described. It is highlighted that the men who create the idols are weak and stupid and that it is completely irrational to be worshipping everyday, household items (wood and different types of metal).
  • Later in the chapter, the direction switches and God reminds the Israelites that they will not be forgotten and that they have been redeemed. In verses 24-28, God claims to be the Redeemer and to raise Jerusalem back to what it once was (at the time, Israel was not yet destroyed and scattered but they soon would be). The name of the deliverer, Cyrus, is also announced.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Nowadays, people aren’t carving objects out of wood and metal to worship like they did thousands of years ago but the principle remains the same. It is foolish to worship something that isn’t God. Whether that is another person, a sport, your phone, or even your job, placing things above God will only bring about disappointment.
  • The announcement of Cyrus’ name is “yuuuuuge”. The reason why it’s such a big deal is because Cyrus didn’t actually deliver Jerusalem for another 200 years! There are hundreds of prophecies in the Old and New Testament but few are as detailed as this specific passage. This only brings about greater validity to what is written in the Bible.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is there something in your life that you are putting extended time, care and enjoyment in? There is nothing wrong with having passions for things, but if it’s hit you that those things could potentially be getting in the way of your time with God, then take a step back and re-evaluate.