Friday, April 18, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 63 Friday

Isaiah chapter 42

Does God issue any commands?

  • Sing praises to the LORD! (verses 10-12)
  • The deaf are told to hear! The blind are told to see. (verses 18-20)

Does God make any promises?

  • The LORD will go out as a man of war against His enemies. He will triumph over them. (verses 13-15)
  • God will lead the blind on a pathway that they do not know. The light will shine in the darkness for them and the crooked paths will be made straight. He will never forsake them! (verse 16)
  • Those that trust in idols will turn back and be ashamed. (verse 17)
  • God will magnify the law and make it honorable. (verse 21) That's good because it surely has fallen into disfavor now! (Which is what verse 22 seems to say.)

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is God's servant upon whom the Spirit is and who shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He was humble. A bruised reed did he not break and a smoking flash he did not quench. (verses 1-4)
  • Jesus is the God of creation. He gives breath to people and spirit to those who walk therein. He calls us to righteousness and holds our hand. He is the covenant maker and covenant keeper, the light of the Gentiles. He opens blind eyes, frees the prisoners. He will not give His glory to anyone or share His glory with idols. (verses 5-8)
  • Jesus is the light in the darkness. He is the one who leads on the path and makes it straight. He has promised to never forsake those of us that have been led out of darkness into His great light! (verse 16)

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Jesus shall not fail nor be discouraged until he has set judgment in the earth. (verse 4)
  • The time is coming when God's law will be the law of all mankind. All will hear it and follow it. (verses 21-23)

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Psalms 19:14 (KJV)