Monday, May 5, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 64 Saturday

Isaiah chapter 49

Isaiah may be speaking in the first person in this passage, but he is definitely a type of Christ in this chapter!

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commands peoples of the isles and lands afar to listen as He speaks of the Messiah.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised to send a light of salvation to the Gentiles through Israel.
  • God promised not to forget Zion.
  • Israel is graven upon the palms of God's hands.
  • The children of Israel would be swift and mighty.
  • Israel will be dressed as a bride.
  • Israel will be so abundantly blessed that her children will need more land in which to dwell.
  • The Gentiles shall bring Israel's sons and daughters to her. Kings and queens would nourish and nurture them so that Israel would know that the LORD, He is God.
  • The captives of the mighty shall be taken away and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered. God would fight with those who abuse Israel.

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the one that is called from the womb.
  • Jesus is the one with the mouth like a sharp sword. (The Bible, the Word of God, is said to be a two-edged sword dividing asunder the thoughts and intents of the heart.)
  • Jesus is the Servant in whom God the Father is glorified.
  • The mission of Jesus is to bring Israel to God again.
  • Jesus is the light of the world, including to the Gentiles.
  • Jesus is the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, whom man despises and nations abhor.
  • Jesus came in an acceptable time.
  • Jesus was given for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages.
  • Jesus sets the captives free and gives light to those that dwell in darkness.
  • Jesus is the Savior, Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Kings will see and arise, princes also shall worship, because the LORD is faithful. (Some of this has been fulfilled even during the time of Daniel and during the ministry of Paul, but one day all earthly kings will bow the knee to the King of kings.)
  • The time is coming when there will no longer be hunger and thirst that is not satisfied, or heat from the sun that causes harm because God will have mercy on His people and will lead them to the springs of water. Even the mountains and highways will be changed.
  • Israel will be dressed as a bride. (See Revelation 21:2)

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)