August 8, Reading 2 – Isaiah 54

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SAA Notes

A barren woman was considered a tragedy back then. We too have many things we consider a tragedy – for ourselves and for our church. This great chapter places the challenge to trust our wonderful God in the face of our well-grounded fears for our society and church.

SJA Notes

Listen to the love the Lord has for us, His people!

“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.”

This passage is a letter of love from God, “For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.” – To His people, “For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, …”

Truly God’s word is the mirror, the real honest truth. Life is not easy! The world around us is broken. We are broken!

“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires.”

The Lord is at work within us, as His people – Individuals and Corporately (His Church). He is building us toward a wonderful hope, the New Jerusalem, the City of our God!

Listen to His promises, “All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.”

While there may be temporal reality (for God’s people in Isaiah’s time, or times after that till Jesus returns), there is a certain true hope here in eternity, the new heavens and the new earth.

What a hope we have! What a Saviour He is!

* Gracious Lord, Your love for us is clear and present. We see it in Jesus, His promise, His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection; And through the eyes of hope we see His return, the promise we hold too as Your people of old held to the promise of Messiah.

Mark us as a faithful people, holding onto Your promises, our foundation firm in You; Your word, Your love, Your salvation.

Amen.

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