August 10, Reading 2 – Isaiah 56:9-57:21


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SAA Notes

This is a very sad passage. We are indifferent to the things that produce our peace, and feed those things that destroy our peace. The last verses 13b-21 bring us to God’s great promises. Make Him your refuge today.

SJA Notes

* Gracious Lord God, please open our ears today to heed Your warnings here in this passage.

“I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you. When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them all off, a breath will take them away.”

This passage turns to the leaders of God’s people, those who are teaching false religion and leading the people astray into idolatry.

The Lord is clear,

“‘… There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.'”

There is no peace for the wicked.

What is the alternative?

“But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land and shall inherit my holy mountain.”

The alternative is to be hidden in Christ, His righteousness clothing us!

Because there is no peace for the wicked.

But those in Christ will know true peace that passes understanding.

Let us flee from idolatry and into the arms of our God!

* Sovereign Lord,

These can be hard words we read from Your word.

We see the broad way and the narrow road. The wide gate and the straight gate.

Please write Your word on our hearts. Please plant Your truths deep within us, and grow them, that they would impact us more and more, further and deeper as the day grows long.


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