Three things that struck me while reading this book: 1) The first 39 chapters, for the most part, are grueling to read. Judgment after judgment, with just the faintest glimmers of hope. 2) From chapter 40-66, the tone of the book is the opposite. Hope, restoration, and comfort come in waves. There are only aContinue reading “Closing Thoughts (Isaiah)”
The first six verses of chapter 63 are brutal. It reminds me again that the Bible is not full of child-friendly material; it is full of real life messiness. Think about it: even the most popular children stories are…well, disconcerting at best. –Joseph and the coat of many colors. As a boy, he’s thrown inContinue reading “Isaiah 63-66”
One theme through all three chapters: Restoration. See Isaiah 62:12 for a summary statement.
Ponder verses 1-2. Take it to heart. It will change the way you live. The rest of 57 is like reading rated-R material. And people say the Bible is for all ages. I just don’t think so. That is a section I will not expound on for my daughters until they are teenagers, at least.Continue reading “Isaiah 57-59”
I vacationed for a couple weeks. Now it’s time to get back into this habit. Isaiah 54 starts off with an encouragement to make progress, to gain ground. Our pastor recently used this as a jumping-off point for a series of sermons, in which he laid out some initiatives for our church. Big plans, goodContinue reading “Isaiah 54-56”
Most Christians are familiar with Isaiah 53. It’s the passage about Jesus being the suffering servant. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement for our peace was upon Him. You remember that one, don’t you? I will only comment on that passage by saying it is full of truth,Continue reading “Isaiah 51-53”
Isaiah 47:8-11 is scary. It’s scary because it sounds like the American mindset, and we know how God judged the Babylonians for their mindset. In chapter 48, the focus shifts off of Babylon, onto the Israelites. God tells them that all this happened because they would not listen. They had necks of iron and foreheadsContinue reading “Isaiah 47-50”