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

These passages in Isaiah have so much important information about God Himself.

“I am the LORD;” This is important for us to know! And to say! We need to be calling God by His names, with all honor and majesty, in our speech.

It is important to know and proclaim that this is the Lord who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, and importantly (doubly!), who gives breath to the people on it.

Who else can tell us the former things? Set forth your case, says the Lord to us, to the world and its luminaries. I mean, scientists have come up with all sorts of frameworks to try and describe how things came to be, but none of them are God! None of them were there!

This is the God who will make the blind to see and the deaf to hear. He will turn darkness into light, rough places into level ground.

And right there at the start of chapter 42 we see Jesus!

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;”

What a wonderful passage of scripture is here for us today. Read and be encouraged and exhorted, uplifted and convicted.

* God who is the LORD, we praise Your name! You are the God who created all things, who laid them out.

Thank You that in Jesus we have a covenant for us, a light for the nations.

Mark us as a people who spread this news, the good news of Jesus, to those around us. That prisoners would be brought out from the dungeon! That we would be singing You a new song each day, Your praise from the end of the earth!

Amen.

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