July 25, Reading 2 – Isaiah 41:21-42:17

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SAA Notes

Our understanding of God is to be drawn from the Bible and not from our experience and thinking. Here is a warning about idolatry and also the great chapter 42 where Isaiah introduces the coming Messiah. There are wonderful promises here that must have blessed the heart of Jesus!

SJA Notes

* Gracious Lord, please show us truth today, teach us from Your word.

“I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.”

God gives us clear descriptive words here about Himself. Deep and profound truths are layered through this passage.

It is important to know in real deep-through-the-bones truth, a full life-changing-heart-belief – That God is THE LORD, CREATOR, SUSTAINER, LIFE-GIVER.

We need to be calling God by His Names in our speech and our thoughts. We need to bear His Name well in how we go about our daily lives.

This is the God who is jealous for His glory.

That can feel like a strange idea for us humanity. And God’s word is clear, we are not to seek after our own glory.

But we are created. Broken. Sinners by state and intent.

Our God though. He is Creator. Sustainer. Life-Giver. He is perfect in holiness. Completely righteous and without sin. His word is truth, absolute and rock-solid. His faithfulness is without end. His love is pure.

How can God talk about not giving His glory to another?

Because He is God.

Full stop.

And all that is layered in that, all that He reveals to us in His word and all the deeper truths that we might never comprehend here on earth – All that is for us to unwrap and discover and we walk every day through His word, echoing in our daily walks.

* Righteous and Holy God,

You are THE LORD.

Our praise belongs to You, and You alone.

There is none like You, for You are God.

There are no gods before You.

Please open the eyes of those around us to this wonderful truth.

Amen.

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