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Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 12 - Isaiah 52

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 52. 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?)
  • The same themes depicted in Isaiah 51 are continued. God promises that the people of Jerusalem will be lifted out of captivity and comforted. He speaks of leading the people to salvation while simultaneously protecting them from harm.
  • This leads into a prophecy starting at verse 13 where some characteristics of the Messiah (another word for Jesus) are explained and events leading to His crucifixion. It describes Jesus looking “disfigured” and “hardly human”, which is referring to His appearance after He was beaten and tortured by Roman soldiers and Jewish priests alike. More importantly, it is pointed out that Jesus will shock entire nations and rulers because of His selfless actions for all of humanity.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The prophecy laid out in this chapter reveals a glimpse of Jesus’ servant-hearted character and is important in understanding the suffering He went through in order to save us. One key insight into the crucifixion is revealed in this passage: Jesus’ death was physically excruciating and emotionally humiliating, but as a result, all of humanity would be able to plainly see how much He loves us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you feel captive by something that is happening in your life? Do you feel stuck by your past? God has provided a way through Jesus to break the regret and hurt completely. Cling to God when it does hurt and remember that in Him, we are saved.