Saturday, January 20, 2018

Isaiah 8 & 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 8 & 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from these passages. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passages.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the opening of Chapter 8, Isaiah and his wife have a son. God tells them to name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz, (which means "swift to plunder and quick to spoil"). The name alone is a warning to the people who were not obeying God. Just as God had told King Ahaz in Isaiah 7 what was going to happen at the hands of Assyria, here we see it coming to fruition. 
  • The Lord is angry with the people as they have chosen to follow the human leaders in place of God. They still refuse to turn back to him and seek him out. 
  • God reminds Isaiah not to follow suit with the rest of the people who have turned against God,  but to trust in God and to be steadfast in his relationship with God. 
  • In Isaiah 9, we see another foreshadowing of Jesus, described here as: "A great light", "Wonderful Counselor", "Mighty God", "Everlasting Father", and "Prince of Peace".
  • Despite the promise of the coming savior (Jesus), people have still refused to turn back to God. He strengthens the enemies of Israel and Judah as a consequence of their pridefulness and arrogance.  
  • We see how angry God is at his unrepentant people as his hand is still raised to deliver punishment upon them at the end of Chapter 9. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Doing life without God not only angers him, but it also has consequences.
  • We see a reminder here for the people that they are to heed the word of God and seek him out, not to seek out mediums and psychics. 
  • We see a wonderful promise here of our coming savior (Jesus).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Be mindful not to turn your back on God, but instead to pursue the relationship that God deeply wants with you. Make it a priority. Commit to reading the Bible. Surround yourself with others who like to do life with God, maybe join a Verve Group
  • Spend some time getting to know Jesus and his character by reading the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.