Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 29 - Isaiah 48

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 48. 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 reiterates how the Israelites hearts have fallen away from Him and His will. He talks about the hypocrisy in their hearts and lets His people know they don’t have an excuse for the evil they have been continually committing because they’re fully aware of the greatness and power of God.
  • The sin nature of people is pointed out in verse 8 when God recognizes that His people are constantly disobeying because they’ve been “rebels from birth.” Even after the people’s faults are thrown on display, God says He will still delay the deserved judgment and instead show mercy. The reason for the mercy is because of His own name’s sake.
  • God mentions once again that Babylon will be destroyed, and Cyrus will be guided to success when attempting to do it. He is saddened by the fact that the Israelites had so much unfulfilled potential but nevertheless, He still loves them and is going to follow through with the promise of freeing them from captivity.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In this chapter, a synopsis of God’s constant character is revealed. People are sinful and disobedient, but God follows through and loves them anyway. The people of Israel turned from God countless times, worshipped wooden idols instead of Him, and got themselves stuck in captivity. God responds with the fact that they deserve judgment, but because He is merciful, He promises they will be delivered and set free.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Unfortunately, a pull towards sin is woven into us from birth. Everyone sins. God doesn’t tolerate sin, but He reveals that He is merciful and gracious. We should take time to thank Him for those gifts. The Israelites were shown an act of mercy by being released from captivity in Babylon. The gift that God gave to all of humanity is Jesus and the sacrifice He made to pay for all of the sins we have committed and are going to commit. Through your words AND your actions, be thankful.