August 18, Reading 2 – Isaiah 66

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SAA Notes

This is the last great chapter of Isaiah. What sort of religion does God esteem? Religion where we are humble and contrite in spirit – where we are doers of what Jesus has said as well as hearers. Our behaviour is to mirror our profession of faith.

SJA Notes

What does God want from us?

As we read through His word, day by day, He tells us.

From this passage we see a very clear call for what the Lord wants from us.

“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”

Do we tremble at God’s word?

It’s a question that we shouldn’t shrug off.

And it’s born out in the importance that we give to the Lord and His word.

Are we making time for God’s word? Is it important to us? Do we hold it up as truth, are we zealous for it?

Let’s be encouraged to dwell on these things, to be humble folk, contrite in spirit.

* Gracious Father,

Please put within us a contrite spirit, a humble heart and mind.

And please, may we be a people who trembles at Your word.

Amen.

August 17, Reading 2 – Isaiah 65

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SAA Notes

Judgment and salvation are corollaries. They always go hand in hand with each other. Awe and respect are equally necessary in my life as love and joy. Isaiah’s majestic words humble and thrill us.

SJA Notes

In this passage are some wonderful words of hope; the wolf and the lamb grazing together, God’s strength of intent for His holy mountain, the new heavens and the new earth, the Lord creating Jerusalem to be a joy and He rejoicing in it, in His people!

These are words to dwell on, to chew over.

But too, I think there is a hard word here from the Lord.

“But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny,”

It is a word against superstition of any kind. Against believing in luck, random chance, star signs, anything that gives sovereign authority to any entity apart from the Lord.

Listen to what the Lord says of us if we follow after fortune!

“I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”

God does not delight in us following superstition!

This is a hard word. Important. Relevant.

Let’s be encouraged to meditate upon His word, this passage.

* Sovereign God,

Thank You for Your word here, this passage from Isaiah.

Thank You for the vision of our hope, Your holy mountain, where there will be no death, no hurt, no sin.

And thank You for the hard word You have for us against superstitious belief.

Mark us as a people singular in our devotion to You. In You as the absolutely Sovereign and All-Powerful All-Seeing All-Knowing All-Everywhere God.

Amen.

August 16, Reading 2 – Isaiah 63:15-64:12

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SAA Notes

This reading recounts the spiritual history of Israel. It makes sorry reading, just like our own spiritual histories. The wonderful thing is that God did rend the heavens and come down! (64:1)

SJA Notes

In this passage we see the truth of our fallen state.

“There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for your have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.”

It is very true that we cannot rouse ourselves to take hold of the Lord. We are without ability or intent to cause even a single movement toward the Lord in our sin.

But.

BUT!

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Isaiah recognises his and our state before the Lord, and recognises who the Lord is.

HE is the Father, the Potter, the Creator.

We are the children, the clay, the work of His hand.

Let’s be encouraged to dwell on these truths, to have them bounce around in our minds, to wrestle with what they mean in our lives, the practical outworking of them in each day, hour, moment.

* Father God.

We are the clay. You are the potter.

Mould us Lord God, sanctify us, Your people, in the likeness of Jesus.

Each day make us more like Him, point us to You, refine us Lord God as the fire refines the metal.

And please show us today what You want us to know from Your word.

Amen.