Thursday, March 27, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 59 Friday

Isaiah chapter 30
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (verse 21)
Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded Isaiah to go write these things in a book so that they would be recorded forever. (And so they are!)
  • God told them to throw away their graven images.

Does God make any promises?

  • Because the people ask counsel of others in order to do wrongly and not of God in order to do right, God said that those they trusted upon for their help, namely the Egyptians, would shame them.
  • The rebellion of the people who want the prophets and seers to lie to them will be rewarded by a breach upon them like a broken wall or potter's wheel.
  • God told them that they would be as a beacon or an ensign on a hill, but not in the way that Matthew 5:14 says. These people would be easily seen as they fled in terror from the few that pursued them. But God promised to wait for them there and have mercy upon them. (Wow! What graciousness!) They would then be the beacon on the hill once more testifying of God's grace and goodness.
  • God would send the rains upon their seed and the bread would increase after they threw away their idols.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • The Holy One of Israel that the people tell to "Get out of our way!" (verse 11) is Jesus.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Verse 19 says that the people who dwell in Jerusalem will weep no more. That must be future!
  • The moon and sun will shine brighter than ever at the time that Israel lives safely in the land.
  • The LORD will sift the nations and judge them.
  • God will give a new song to His people: a song in the night. God will sing it also. It is a song of war and those with whom God fights will end up burning like Tophet (see II Kings 23:10).

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Psalms 19:14 (KJV)