August 1, Reading 2 – Isaiah 47

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SAA Notes

Nations that turn to materialism, pride and selfishness cannot expect to enjoy God’s blessings. Such behaviour brings its own judgments. New Age practices and beliefs are empty wells!

SJA Notes

This passage is a good reminder to us that God’s word has a message for the world around us.

“You felt secure in your wickedness; you said, ‘No one sees me’; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.'”

We don’t have to look very far at all around us to see the truth of this. Individuals, groups, companies, families, nations and more – They foolishly claim to be “I am”.

God’s word is clear.

“But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing.”

There is no future in thinking that we are “I am”, in thinking that there is none besides us. The future is evil, disaster and ruin.

It’s a good exhortation for us, knowing that this is God’s word to the world, to tell people about Jesus.

Because HE is the I AM. HE is our shield against evil, our atoning sacrifice, the one who rescues and redeems us.

* God Almighty, may we hear Your word to us, and to the world around us.

Mark us as a people who promote You and Your Name, bearing it well at home and out and about.

Mark us as fearless Jesus-speakers.

Amen.

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