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Isaiah 60–God’s Vision for His People

Isaiah’s next prophecy sent a message to Israel and to all God’s chosen of how the Lord envisioned His nation of priests.  It was never God’s plan for His people to be mighty warrior tyrants.  Instead, it was always God’s plan for His people to be an example and guide to the rest of the world for having a relationship with the Lord.  It was never God’s desire that any should be separated from Him.  He created us and planned to be in fellowship with people for eternity.  

Sadly, men chose to separate from God, and in their independence, they lost the ability to find Him.  God had a plan, to build a nation of priests that would draw men back to Him. So, through the generations God led Israel to become that nation.  They were unable, however, to remain faithful and so they never achieved that goal.  That is why God sent Christ to be the sacrifice so that men could once again be in relationship with Him.  

Now, we as His chosen are the nation of priests He spoke about.  In our walk with the Lord, we are to be the lights and guide that Isaiah spoke about.  It is our cause and mission to draw men to the Lord.  If we will honor God, then He will make us that light of Zion that Isaiah describes.  What a great honor, and what a great mission.

God Bless You


Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
    and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant,
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
Herds of camels will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
    bearing gold and incense
    and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,
    and I will adorn my glorious temple.

“Who are these that fly along like clouds,
    like doves to their nests?
Surely the islands look to me;
    in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a]
bringing your children from afar,
    with their silver and gold,
to the honor of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.

10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
    in favor I will show you compassion…

The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous
    and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
    the work of my hands,
    for the display of my splendor.
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”

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Isaiah 59 Then and Now, It s still Us, Not God

Isaiah 59 simply speaks the truth.  As the people of Israel lamented their troubles and struggles, Isaiah lays it out pretty clearly.  Everything Israel was going through, God wanted to fix.  Sadly, while God’s arms are long enough to reach out and correct what was wrong; their sin prevented it.  While He heard their complaints and concerns clear enough; their7==9 behavior drowns out his response.  Israel cannot behave like the world and expect to be treated with favor over the rest of the world.

Make no mistake, God never expected His people to be perfect.  He watched them from the beginning and saw their warts and imperfections.  He put fear into animals because He knew men were bent toward evil.  Still, he spent the rest of the days preparing his own to face the world and asked that they humbly follow.  He led them to the promised land.  He gave them their inheritance.  He allowed them to flourish as a nation and Gave them law and great leadership. Still repeatedly, as they became prosperous, they also became less dependent upon God.  They took life into their own hands and repeated the sinful ways of those that had gone before.  God never stopped loving them, but He did allow them to face the response to their independence.  

Still, today, God loves His chosen.  We are reminded in Romans 5:8,”God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  God’s arm is still long enough to reach out.  His ears are sharp enough to hear our cries.  We are our own worst enemy, we are the ones that block the Lord’s intervention.  How? By failing to seek, ask, and knock.  We do not respond to His lead, nor, do we walk humbly in the path He has set before us. 

Then and now it is our behavior that causes God to stop short from blessing us.  Each one of us need simply to repent, confess our sin, and return to a trusting relationship with the Lord.  Choose each day whom you will serve.  Joshua said it first, but He never claimed He cornered that market.  We each can join Him by choosing to serve the Lord.  Please pray and join me in that endeavor, today!

God Bless You


Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
    or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
but your iniquities have made a separation
    between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
    so that he does not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood
    and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies;
    your tongue mutters wickedness.
No one enters suit justly;
    no one goes to law honestly;
they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies,
    they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.
They hatch adders’ eggs;
    they weave the spider’s web;
he who eats their eggs dies,
    and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.
Their webs will not serve as clothing;
    men will not cover themselves with what they make.
Their works are works of iniquity,
    and deeds of violence are in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
    and they are swift to shed innocent blood;
their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
    desolation and destruction are in their highways.
The way of peace they do not know,
    and there is no justice in their paths;
they have made their roads crooked;
    no one who treads on them knows peace.

Therefore justice is far from us,
    and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for light, and behold, darkness,
    and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind;
    we grope like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
    among those in full vigor we are like dead men.
11 We all growl like bears;
    we moan and moan like doves;
we hope for justice, but there is none;
    for salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you,
    and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
    and we know our iniquities:
13 transgressing, and denying the Lord,
    and turning back from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
    conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.

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Isaiah 58–Fasting Like This Slows You Down

Chapter 58 reads like God is expressing a moment of complete exasperation. Picture the scene as the rabbi’s and the people are leaving synagogue;  everyone is saying Shalom and God Bless You and oh, yes, we are doing well.  Inside, their lives are shattered and empty because they are not getting the fulfillment from checking off the boxes in their Jewish religion.  God, the creator, the master of the universe is feeling completely at a loss.  

In His mind, it was never, is never, and will never be about checking the boxes.  In the Lord’s construct, it is always about the state of one’s heart.  God takes joy in our obedience–not, our sacrifice.  God does not care if you ever skip a meal–if you are loving Him and loving others. If you want to skip a meal, fine, but at least take it to someone that is hungry.  God says in short, if you want to be spiritual, I am grateful–but, do the right things and do them for the right reasons.  Feed the hungry, cloth the ones who need clothes. House the homeless, visit the sick and the lonely ones.

God is not taking attendance at church.  He is not putting stars by your name for religious endeavors.  God has always looked at our lives and our hearts and simply asked that we surrender both to His leadership.  If we will do that, the actions we do in His name will be real, heartfelt, and selfless–some would even say Christ like. That was the message from Isaiah on that Sabbath afternoon, and that is still the message thousands of years later.  “Please, My dear ones, trust and follow Me.  Don’t try to keep score–it is not a competition.  Simply lose yourselves in learning to be like Me and serving others–that is the fasting that will bless Me!!!

God Bless You


“Cry aloud, spare not;
Lift up your voice like a trumpet;
Tell My people their transgression,
And the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me daily,
And delight to know My ways,
As a nation that did righteousness,
And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They ask of Me the ordinances of justice;
They take delight in approaching God.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?
Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’

“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
And [b]exploit all your laborers.
Indeed you fast for strife and debate,
And to strike with the fist of wickedness.
You will not fast as you do this day,
To make your voice heard on high.
Is it a fast that I have chosen,
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the Lord?

Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the [c]heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are [d]cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.

“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The [e]pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your [f]darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

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Isaiah 57 Part 2–The Restorative Father

Throughout the book, Isaiah has focused on three clear messages for God.  Israel’s Behavior will be addressed.  Israel’s enemies will be destroyed, and Israel will be redeemed and returned.   In this passage, God reaffirms his commitment to the restoration of His own.  He makes no apology for their fall nor does he regret his allowing them to face the consequence of their walking away from Him for other Gods.  Still, at the end of the day, God loves his chosen.  

Isaiah, shares God’s heart in this section.  Like any parent it still breaks the heart of God to see the trajectory of the people of Israel.  They tipped their hats to God but share their hearts with the idols of the area.  Baal, Molech and other idols lived on the shelves of many people.  God still reminded them that if they would simply forsake the idols and return to Him, He would return them , redeem them, and restore their prominence. 

Still both then and now, God will not share His throne.  He remains the creator and master of the universe.  He offers forgiveness and eternal life for all that will walk with him, not with those that ignore Him.  We must not think we can live as we wish and still expect the blessing of God.  He will not allow us to compromise his truth for our rebellion.  He will forgive us, he will still restore us, if we do follow him –God will bless us and prepare us for eternity.  We need to simply trust and follow God.  If we will, He will, like any father, He will bless us!

God Bless You


And it will be said:

“Build up, build up, prepare the road!
    Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—
    he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
    but also, with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 I will not accuse them forever,
    nor will I always be angry,
for then they would faint away because of me—
    the very people I have created.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed;
    I punished them, and hid my face in anger,
    yet they kept on in their willful ways.
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
    I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
19     creating praise on their lips.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
    says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

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Isaiah 57–You Have Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It

The world was and is a mess.  Isaiah next speaks God’s frustration for the world’s disregard of Him and His Chosen people.  In the Chapter, God says if a Godly person is killed tortured or abused no one cares.  Yet The people expect God to intervene on their behalf.  In short God says–“You have made your bed, no lie in it.  isaiah then lays out the facts.  They build Alters in High places they c=sacrifice to Moleck the God of Baby killers.  They give lip service to Adonai, but they sell their souls to the Devil.


Isaiah says quite clearly, you made these God’s and their alters–now go and let them save you.  Let them feed you.  He says if they are so great let them protect, provide, and prepare you for the days ahead.  God does not share allegiance.  You cannot friend zone God.  He is either Lord of all or not at all.  The prophets tried numerous times to convey the message, but a stiff-necked Israel refused to lisen and follow.

What say us?  Are we going to follow the same tact as Israel followed, worshipping everything BUT God? God calls us to worship Him and Him alone.  If we will He will protect, provide and prepare us for now and for eternity.  Bit God will not allow us to share allegiance either.  We must seek Him and Him only if we want to hacve his blessing.  We cannot put God on a shelf like a carved idol.  We must seek and trust him every moment of every Day.  That is the most wonderful Bed to make and to lie down in!  Won’t you join me?


God Bless You


The righteous perish,
    and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
    and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly
    enter into peace;
    they find rest as they lie in death.

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress,
    you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
Who are you mocking?
    At whom do you sneer
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels,
    the offspring of liars?
You burn with lust among the oaks
    and under every spreading tree;
you sacrifice your children in the ravines
    and under the overhanging crags.
The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion;
    indeed, they are your lot.
Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings
    and offered grain offerings.
    In view of all this, should I relent?
You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;
    there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
Behind your doors and your doorposts
    you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed,
    you climbed into it and opened it wide;
you made a pact with those whose beds you love,
    and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.
You went to Molek[a] with olive oil
    and increased your perfumes.
You sent your ambassadors[b] far away;
    you descended to the very realm of the dead!
10 You wearied yourself by such going about,
    but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength,
    and so you did not faint.

11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared
    that you have not been true to me,
and have neither remembered me
    nor taken this to heart?
Is it not because I have long been silent
    that you do not fear me?
12 I will expose your righteousness and your works,
    and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help,
    let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
    a mere breath will blow them away.
But whoever takes refuge in me
    will inherit the land
    and possess my holy mountain.”

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Isaiah 56–Royal Ambassadors

Isaiah is called to testify one more time that as a nation, Israel was blessed to Bless others.  In the passage it is clear that God has promised favor to Israel if they will simply trust and follow Him.  God wants the chosen nation to understand that it is their relationship to him that causes his provision, protection and preparation for greater works.  God reminds the people that He has blessed them so that they may bring other nations into His fold.  They are not to be battling warlords, no, instead they are to be ambassadors of peace and Godliness.  


In our world, God has called the church to complete the same mission.  In 2 Corinthians 5:20 we are called to be God’s ambassadors .  We are not out to slay the world but to save it.  With that in mind, it should change our behavior and our response to others.  We should be ambassadors doing our best Jesus imitation in every day life.  Selflessness and peace should be our top characteristics, and Love for God and others our goal.  Help me, Lord to  be your ambassador this week.


God Bless You


This is what the Lord says:

“Maintain justice
    and do what is right,
for my salvation is close at hand
    and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
Blessed is the one who does this—
    the person who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
    and keeps their hands from doing any evil.”

Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.
And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.”
The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
    besides those already gathered.”

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Isaiah 54–Prophecy of Restoration

What a mighty God we serve.  In this prophetic reminder, God acknowledges His absolute love for the chosen.  He tells them to take heart.  He will prepare, protect, and provide for them.  He admits the wrath they had to face–due to their moving away from Him, but He cannot stay mad forever. So, God tells the people to take heart. 

God remembers what they have lost in the time they pulled away; but tells them now to become excited because they will be reclaimed, redeemed, and restored.  As the Father speaks of the restoration, He seems so thrilled to be able to redeem the ones that He loves.  God wants them to be joyful, peaceful, and confident that they will remain safe from harm and lack of provision.  He will protect them from their enemies and make those that would attack regret the day they thought to mess with His children.

That same love that the Lord had for Israel is the love He has for us.  God tells us to know that as we follow the Lord , He will care for us as a husband does for his new bride.  He will adore us and redeem us from whatever loss.  With that confidence, we can walk in peace, joy, and excitement.  We can know that our Redeemer lives, and His steadfast love never ceases.  His mercies will never end.  In that, we must gratefully walk with God and allow Him to lead us through this chaotic time and into eternity with Him.

God Bless You


“Sing, O childless woman,
    you who have never given birth!
Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem,
    you who have never been in labor.
For the desolate woman now has more children
    than the woman who lives with her husband,”
    says the Lord.
“Enlarge your house; build an addition.
    Spread out your home, and spare no expense!
For you will soon be bursting at the seams.
    Your descendants will occupy other nations
    and resettle the ruined cities.

“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
    Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
    and the sorrows of widowhood.
For your Creator will be your husband;
    the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
    the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you back from your grief—
    as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
    says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with great compassion I will take you back.
In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while.
    But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord, your Redeemer.

“Just as I swore in the time of Noah
    that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear
    that I will never again be angry and punish you.
10 For the mountains may move
    and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
    says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

11 “O storm-battered city,
    troubled and desolate!
I will rebuild you with precious jewels
    and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies,
    your gates of shining gems,
    and your walls of precious stones.
13 I will teach all your children,
    and they will enjoy great peace.
14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
    Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
    and terror will not come near.
15 If any nation comes to fight you,
    it is not because I sent them.
    Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.

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Isaiah 53–He May Have Endured my Pain, But Don’t Call Me Shirley

This is the most beautiful and specific prophecy about the coming Messiah.  It has been the verse for some of the most beautiful music.  It describes in such detail the sacrifice made by our Lord.  We often forget the level of pain and degradation that the Lord Jesus suffered on our behalf.  In Philippians 2, we are told to have the same attitude as Christ. Who being God, already did not need to attain immortality or authority over all. Yet out of Love for us, He emptied Himself of His Godhood and became a man.  Being in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient to Death–a death on the cross.

Isaiah’s description of the Lord’s sacrifice goes to the very heart of that.  He was GOD! he created the universe. So, to live humbly as a carpenter and then an itinerant Rabbi was quite a step down.  Then to spread the message of the Father’s Love and desire for relationship with us; only to be at odds with the leadership of HIS chosen people…not easy to take. Finally, to heal, raise the dead, feed the masses, and cast out the enemy; knowing all the time these people would demand His execution, uugh. 

It was the most beautiful way for God to demonstrate His love for us.  For Isaiah, well he had the first preview of what would become the greatest event in history.  He saw the thing that would, in fact divide time.  He forecast this life hundreds of years before as if he was watching it in HD.  That is why we should trust God.  He created us and a plan to save us despite our wicked nature. What a prophet and what an evangelist. Thank You Lord, for the prophetic markers to remind us of our Lord’s love and sacrifice for us!

God Bless You


Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.