Week 30   Day 5

 
Two themes are common in this book

            judgment and salvation 

Isaiah alternates between

horrible depictions

            of God's angry love

and beautiful visions

            of God's mercy

            and salvation

Those who lived through the former

were better able to appreciate the latter

 

God used judgment

            as a teacher

and adversity

            as a loving deliverer

God wants to exchange

            the day of destruction

            for an eternity of redemption

Your doom is not sealed 

     you can

            change 

            choose life 

God wants to forgive you and heal you.

 

  

When Isaiah describes God's salvation

            it seems he is seeing beyond

            the immediate return

            of the exiles to Jerusalem

to an even greater deliverance from sin and death

            to a reign of righteousness, peace and justice

by a greater-than-David, son of David, the Messiah.

 

 

You who have no money 

            come

            buy

            and eat 

That's God's economy.

 

 

 

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                                    Isaiah 54, 55 & 56

 

     5"Your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts.

6The Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved.

7For a mere moment I have forsaken you,

But with great mercies I will gather you.

8With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;

But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you.

     1"Ho!  Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;

You who have no money, come, buy and eat.

Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

2Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy?  Listen carefully,

Eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.

    3 Incline your ear, and come to Me.  Hear, and your soul shall live;

I will make an everlasting covenant with you.

4 Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people.

5Nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the

Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you."

     6Seek the Lord while He may be found,

Call upon Him while He is near.

Let the wicked forsake his way; the unrighteous his thoughts;

Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him,

And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

     8"My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.

9"As the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways h
igher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

     10"As the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,

And do not return but water the earth, and make it bud,

That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

11So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void, but shall accomplish what I please.

     12"You shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace;

The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing,

All the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,

Instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree.

     1"Keep justice, for My salvation is about to come.

2Blessed is the man who does this,

And the son of man who lays hold on it."
        This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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