Sunday, January 21, 2018

Isaiah 10 & 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is  Isaiah 10 & 11. 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 uses Assyria to punish Israel. 
  • After using Assyria for his purpose, he then issues punishment against the Assyrians for their pride. 
  • After Israel's punishment, a "remnant" (small portion of those who have remained faithful to God) are assured that God will overcome the Assyrians and that they will again depend only on God. 
  • In Chapter 11 we see another prediction of Jesus. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We start off Chapter 10 with God speaking through Isaiah specifically with a declaration of compassion for the poor, needy, and oppressed. 
  • Doing life without God has dire consequences. For the Israelites this means a God inspired invasion by Assyria. 
  • God tells us about the coming of Jesus and the character qualities that we can expect from him:  knowledge, wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, faithfulness, and fairness. Jesus will not judge a book by it's cover. He will judge the poor righteously and execute justice for the oppressed. He will also kill the wicked. 
  • It was probably hard for the people of Israel who still remained faithful to God to do so while their country was being invaded. Times of trouble seem to really put our faith to the test. It's also the time we need to cling to God the most. Maybe you are personally struggling with something that may have caused you to withdrawal from God instead of leaning into him. This is a great time to turn back to him and lean into him instead of away. Try praying (which is just a conversation with God like you would have with a friend) and asking God to give you strength and walk with you through this time of trouble
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Isaiah paints a pretty amazing picture of Jesus. With a resume like that, this is a guy we really want to get to know. A great way to get to know Jesus is by reading Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These are the biographies of Jesus' life.