Monday, May 19, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 66 Tuesday

Isaiah 58:1-59:21

Does God issue any commands?

  • God told Isaiah to cry aloud like a trumpet and tell the house of Jacob of their sins.
  • God told His people to stop fasting and start working! They were to loose the bands of wickedness, to break every yoke, give bread to the hungry, clothe the naked, bring the poor into their own houses, and not hide from their own flesh.

Does God make any promises?

  • If the people would practice true worship and care for the needy then the light would break forth like the morning and health would come speedily. The glory of the LORD would be their protection and would answer their cry. He would guide them continually, satisfy them in drought, help them build all their waste places so that they would be called "The restorer of paths to dwell in."
  • If God's people would keep the sabbath as a day to enjoy the LORD and not as a day to do the things they want to do the LORD promised that His people would ride upon the high places of the earth and be fed with the heritage of Jacob.
  • God promised that His Word would never depart from those with whom He made a covenant.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus not only fasted and prayed but He took pity upon the poor and sick.
  • Jesus is the Restorer of paths to dwell in. He prepares a place for us and He restores our broken lives.
  • Jesus is the intercessor, the Arm that brought salvation. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, a helmet of salvation, garments of vengeance, and zeal as a coat.
  • Jesus is the one who will repay in fury his adversaries.
  • Jesus is the Redeemer that came to Zion and shall come again to Zion and to those who trun from transgression.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • One day there will be no hungry or poor.
  • One day everything on the earth will be restored into what the Lord envisioned His creation to be because Jesus is The Restorer of paths to dwell in.
  • One day worship will be perfect because we will worship in spirit and in truth. Then the sabbath will be kept. We will delight in the LORD and He will delight in us! He will cause us to ride upon the high places of the earth and feed us with the heritage of our father, Jacob.

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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)