Isaiah 41 Part 1–God Makes His Case

I have made regular references to God’s nature as our Father.  One can never underestimate the power of that relationship. Isaiah looks ahead to both the short term and the end of time.  He reminds the nations that any power they think they possess was given simply to further His plan. 

Isaiah looks ahead to the fall of Babylon through the defeat handed to them by Cyrus of Persia.  God gave Nebuchadnezzar the greatest empire known to the world. Neb got cocky, and God broke him and placed him into submission. His descendant Belshazzar took over the kingdom and defiled the temple articles. God said–enough! That very day, Cyrus broke through the impenetrable walls of Babylon and ended Babylonian rule once and for all.  

Isaiah gave the “blow-by-blow” many years before the inevitable fall.  It was God’s way to remind us, His chosen, that like any father–He leads us through the twists and turns of time and in the end holds us up as his own.  Other nations wave their banners of victory and arrogantly boast of their invincibility–God silences the room and simply says “Show me!”  Then as He has so many times, the Lord resets the table for the next power. The former power fades into obscurity, and Israel remains–His people, His nation. 

Daniel’s first vision for king Nebuchadnezzar talked of a statue with head of gold, neck of silver, chest of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay.  We have seen the rise and fall of each of those empires, Yet, we have never credited God with the recognition that Adonai–not any world leader, clearly has the final say.   

How dare we, His own children, dare to attempt to wrestle control from this omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient Master of the Universe?  He has earned our trust and truly seeks to protect, provide and prepare us for an eternity with Him.  It is critical for us, His chosen, to walk humbly, seek earnestly, and follow God. He will lead us as any father would, through the trials and temptations of our lives.  He will bring us safely to the other side.  We need only trust Him and obey.

God Bless You

“Listen in silence before me, you lands beyond the sea.
    Bring your strongest arguments.
Come now and speak.
    The court is ready for your case.

“Who has stirred up this king from the east,
    rightly calling him to God’s service?
Who gives this man victory over many nations
    and permits him to trample their kings underfoot?
With his sword, he reduces armies to dust.
    With his bow, he scatters them like chaff before the wind.
He chases them away and goes on safely,
    though he is walking over unfamiliar ground.
Who has done such mighty deeds,
    summoning each new generation from the beginning of time?
It is I, the Lord, the First and the Last.
    I alone am he.”

The lands beyond the sea watch in fear.
    Remote lands tremble and mobilize for war.
The idol makers encourage one another,
    saying to each other, “Be strong!”
The carver encourages the goldsmith,
    and the molder helps at the anvil.
    “Good,” they say. “It’s coming along fine.”
Carefully they join the parts together,
    then fasten the thing in place so it won’t fall over.

“But as for you, Israel my servant,
    Jacob my chosen one,
    descended from Abraham my friend,
I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
    saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
    and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 40 Part 2–Who is Like God?

One of my favorite axioms is the saying, “God created man in his own image; and men have been trying to return the favor ever since.” Isaiah continues his evangelical prophecy with the reminder that no matter how hard we try, we will never create GOD in our image.  Whether fashioning a God out of precious metal or wood, at the end of the day nothing we can fashion has the slightest chance of equaling God.

Who is like God? There simply is no one.  He fashioned the universe with His hand! He called light and life into being.  He made a canopy of stars that reach so far, we cannot imagine the distance and still, he pays individual attention to each of us! Isaiah then reminds us that God is not only great, he is everlasting! He has been around since time began and will continue to run the show for eternity.  Still, with all that said, He renews the strength of His chosen–in His timing!

Knowing that, should provide us with great comfort and the ability to wait on Him! He will strengthen us and provide us with all we need not only to survive, but, also to soar! We can stand confidently knowing that it is the Lord that both provides and prepares His own.  We can walk in confidence, knowing that the one that made the universe cares more about us than about galaxies!  

Today, make a point to let God lead your steps.  Wait on Him and allow him to renew your strength and help you to mount up with wings like an eagle!

God Bless You

With whom, then, will you compare God?
    To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
    and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
    selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
    to set up an idol that will not topple.

21 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
    and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
    no sooner are they sown,
    no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
    and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40 Part 1–Back to Prophecy! First, Take Comfort!

As with any parent, God’s wrath will eventually subside.  When that happens, God wants nothing more than to comfort and restore His chosen. As if Isaiah was breaking into Part 2 of his prophetic writings, He changed the tone from the anger and judgement of God to the comfort and salvation power of God.  

Here, in the first part of Isaiah 40, God’s first message was one of comfort. How, you ask, could anyone feel comfort from what Isaiah had previously foreseen? Well, there are several comforting thoughts in these first verses in part 2.  First, God’s desire was to comfort his people.  Yes, the road ahead would be difficult, but God wanted the people to know there would come a day when punishment would stop, and restoration would begin.  In that restoration, a voice would call out in the wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord.  You guessed it, John the Baptist and Jesus.

The ultimate comfort for the chosen of God was, is, and will always center on the person of Jesus Christ. We will no longer fear wrath, because, Jesus paid it all.  in these verses, God foreshadows the source of relief it is the personal sacrifice made by the Son of God.  His death takes away our sin and need for punishment.  Our only duty is to accept him as LORD of our lives. It is not a fire insurance policy; it is a recognition that we cannot successfully do life on our own.  We come to the realization that we need Christ to complete the amazing journey we are on.

 In that, we can take comfort.  We know He has come to save us and lead us into an abundant life on earth, and, an eternal life with the Father in Heaven! That, my dear friend, is the greatest comfort of all.  That is why Isaiah is known as the evangelistic Prophet.

God Bless You

“Comfort, comfort my people,”
    says your God.
“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.
Tell her that her sad days are gone
    and her sins are pardoned.
Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over
    for all her sins.”

Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness
    for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
    for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
    and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,
    and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
    The Lord has spoken!”[a]

A voice said, “Shout!”
    I asked, “What should I shout?”

“Shout that people are like the grass.
    Their beauty fades as quickly
    as the flowers in a field.
The grass withers and the flowers fade
    beneath the breath of the Lord.
    And so it is with people.
The grass withers and the flowers fade,
    but the word of our God stands forever.”

O Zion, messenger of good news,
    shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.[b]
    Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah,
    “Your God is coming!”
10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
    He will rule with a powerful arm.
    See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
    He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
    He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

Isaiah 36-39 Part 4–History Break–If I’m OK, It’s OK

d. He was dying and prayed that God would Spare His life.  God heard the king’s cry and granted him His life and 15 years more along with complete peace and security.  What an amazing testament to God’s grace and love for His anointed and Godly King.  Then, sometime later, Emissaries from Babylon come to visit.  Well, when I say emissaries, what I really mean is spies.  Hezakiah, being confident and proud, shows them all of his troop positions, where the weapons and treasures are the best way to enter and exit with loot–everything.  After they are Gone, Isaiah hears of the visit and confronts the king with the lack of insight in allowing the enemy to see all of the important things about the kingdom.  The king’s response is both shocking and predictable, “Well, they won’t do anything while I’m alive, so that is great and all that matters!”

What?!!? Hezakiah did not care if Israel would be taken over–just as long as He was safe.  As selfish as that sounds, it is the attitude of most folks.  Even if at the base we are selfless There is that part of us that thinks if it is not my issue, why worry.  It is that sense the enemy uses to nuetralize most believers.  The reality is that we are a family.  Jesus was clear when he spoke in Matthew 20 about hte sheep and Goats.  He said as You have done to the least of these so you have done to me.  We as a church and as individuals need to realize that our behaviors and especially our call to pray is never ceasing.  we need to look out for the interests of others as well as our own Philippians 2:3-4.  Our heart and choices need to honor God and show his love and concern fothe lives of others.  If it affects others, then it affects us!

God Bless You

At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery. Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”

“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”

The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”

“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”

Isaiah 36-39, History Break Part 3–Prayer

Another great history moment in the book of prophecy.  Hezakiah was a godly king and unlike the kings before and after him he followed the Lord closely and pushed his nation to do so as well.  In the midst, God told Isaiah that he was to go and tell the king to get his affairs in order because he was to die.  The king called God out–He said, “Look, I have followed you and done everything you have said to do.  Now, when things are in order, you’re just going to let me die–not fair.”

Interestingly, God said, “OK, you win. I will give you 15 more years and those years will be filled with peace.”  You don’t see God do that many times in the Bible.  Still, God gave Hezakiah his request and Judah 15 years of peace and safety in the midst of a chaotic world.  I love this story because it lets us know that God listens to our prayers–Like any dad.

In James, Jesus’ brother tells us that if we are suffering, pray.  If we are sick, call the elders to pray.  He goes on to remind us that the prayers of a righteous person do a great deal of good.  In these times of sickness and chaos, we need to be prayer warriors.  We need to start and end our days on our knees seeking the Lord.  As with the King, God listens, and He longs to answer the prayers of His faithful.  My prayer is that we will put him to the test!

God Bless You

In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.”[a] Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, and said, “Please, O Lord, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.[b] I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city.

“This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised: Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.[c]James 5 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working

History Lesson Part 2–God’s Response

The Book of Isaiah stops and turns from prophetic to the historical

The Assyrian king​ had no regard for God or His chosen people.  In his eyes they, were simply more people to conquer and control.  He saw gods as crutches for the masses. He was so narcissistic, that when the king received the warning from Isaiah that his army would be destroyed, he simply snubbed his nose at the warning.  That would cost him his life.  

The next morning when he was going to order the death of God’s folks, he found his 180,000 men dead. No fight, no bloodshedand a God that was no crutch.   He left and went home destroyed, dishonored, and completely demeaned.  Infact, within a few weeks He was killed and replaced by his sons.  Amazingly, God was still large and in charge and Hezakiah, the Godly king enjoyed many more years of peaceful reign.

In our time, we face the same arrogance from the kings of our time.  Corporate leaders, political leaders, prominent citizens who consider God a crutch for those who cannot make it on their own.  They build empires and look at the lives of those around as a waste and inconvenience. What they do not understand is that God builds and levels empires and has since the dawn of time.  We, as His chosen, have a relationship that last for eternity.  We will live lives that are protected and provided for by God.  He promises is an abundant life on earth and eternity with Him in Heaven.  That is a gift greater than kings or empires.

God Bless You


Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:

“Virgin Daughter Zion
    despises and mocks you.
Daughter Jerusalem
    tosses her head as you flee.
23 Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed?
    Against whom have you raised your voice
and lifted your eyes in pride?
    Against the Holy One of Israel!
24 By your messengers
    you have ridiculed the Lord.
And you have said,
    ‘With my many chariots
I have ascended the heights of the mountains,
    the utmost heights of Lebanon.
I have cut down its tallest cedars,
    the choicest of its junipers.
I have reached its remotest heights,
    the finest of its forests.
25 I have dug wells in foreign lands[c]
    and drunk the water there.
With the soles of my feet
    I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.’

26 “Have you not heard?
    Long ago I ordained it.
In days of old I planned it;
    now I have brought it to pass,
that you have turned fortified cities
    into piles of stone.
27 Their people, drained of power,
    are dismayed and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field,
    like tender green shoots,
like grass sprouting on the roof,
    scorched[d] before it grows up.

28 “But I know where you are
    and when you come and go
    and how you rage against me.
29 Because you rage against me
    and because your insolence has reached my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose
    and my bit in your mouth,
and I will make you return
    by the way you came.

30 “This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah:

“This year you will eat what grows by itself,
    and the second year what springs from that.
But in the third year sow and reap,
    plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
31 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
    will take root below and bear fruit above.
32 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
    and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

33 “Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria:

“He will not enter this city
    or shoot an arrow here.
He will not come before it with shield
    or build a siege ramp against it.
34 By the way that he came he will return;
    he will not enter this city,”
declares the Lord.
35 “I will defend this city and save it,
    for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”

36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.

38 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.

Isaiah 36-39 A History Break

The Book of Isaiah stops and turns from prophetic to the historical.

It is amazing how brash the Godless can be.  The Assyrian Empire Had grown quite well. It’s King, Sennacherib, certainly thought himself invincible.  As he sent 180,000 troops to surround and capture Jerusalem, he assumed it would be a simple process.  His field commander approached the walls of Jerusalem and made the king’s announcement.  “Give it up…you do not stand a chance. Don’t listen to your king, he is deluded. If you think I am afraid of Him OR HIS GOD, you are wrong.  I am not afraid of the gods of my enemies; I have whipped them all.

Scripture reminds us repeatedly that men’s arrogance usually become the basis of their demise.  Here the Assyrian King placed way too much to confidence in his power and his men.  He laughed at Hezekiah’s promise to the people.  What he was about to learn, however, is that you can never underestimate the power of God.  What makes our Lord different from the rest of the world’s gods is that he is real.  How real? Well looking at the results–Sennacherib would say very real. So would the leaders of Egypt, Moab, Amelik, Midian, Sodom, Gomorrah, Babylon, Greece, Rome, and the list goes on.

I am a strong believer in the power of God. It has carried me through a very challenging journey. He has taught me repeatedly that it is our Lord that controls the lives of men. Our control is an illusion. On this very day as a category 4 hurricane has hit Texas and Louisiana, we are all reminded how quickly things can change.  Through all circumstance, we must seek the Lord and trust Him to carry us through. It will never be like we think, but it will always be amazing.  Help me Lord to trust You through thick and thin. Also, help me not to believe the lies of the world but, cling to the truth of your greatness.

God Bless You


The field commander said to them, “Tell Hezekiah:

“‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have counsel and might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me? Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him. But if you say to me, “We are depending on the Lord our God”—isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, “You must worship before this altar”?

“‘Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses—if you can put riders on them! How then can you repulse one officer of the least of my master’s officials, even though you are depending on Egypt for chariots and horsemen[a]10 Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this land without the Lord? The Lord himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.’”

11 Then Eliakim, Shebna and Joah said to the field commander, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall.”

12 But the commander replied, “Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?”

13 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! 15 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

16 “Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, 17 until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.

18 “Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ Have the gods of any nations ever delivered their lands from the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 20 Who of all the gods of these countries have been able to save their lands from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”

21 But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.”

Isaiah 35–God’s Redemption is Real and Amazing

When one looks at the course of history, It becomes ever more apparent that the term is so fitting. Through the rise and falls of kingdoms and empires, God remains a relevant and specific force of both redemption and destruction.

Isaiah had been giving the Nations of the middle east a truth and foretelling of what lie ahead. In that, there was spot on accounts of the fall of Ephraim, Israel, Assyria, Edom, Babylon and nations around the globe. There was also accounts of Israel’s return and its restoration. Isaiah told of peaceful and prosperous times. He spoke of events where people lived together without strife and in peace.

It is difficult to imagine times of peace and prosperity when one is in the midst of trials and chaos. That is why God continues to remind us that He is large and in charge. We have to change our focus from the circumstances we face to the God we serve.

In short, If we are serving any other gods (Power, pleasure, wealth, lust, selfishness, fear…) will be destroyed in the flurry of events and circumstances that invade our lives. If we seek first God’s kingdom; if we trust God with our entire heart and follow his lead, then He will lead us and direct us to a full and meaningful life on earth and eternal life with Him in heaven when we move on.

He remains God no matter what our choice becomes; but, we can resst in his guidance and restoration , if we will so choose.

God Bless You

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
    the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
    and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
    and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
    the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
    grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;
    it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
    wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
    nor any ravenous beast;
    they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10     and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isaiah 34–God Deals with His Children’s Enemies

Isaiah 34 promises to deal with Israel’s enemies.  They all sat back, laughed and took advantage of Israel’s demise. Little did they know, that God would not take their abuse lightly.  He loved His people, and as any Father would, He promised to deal with those that treated His beloved with disdain.  In short, Edom was wiped off the map.  Assyria is no longer a nation. Babylon destroyed and all others were dealt with.

In modern culture, Israel still remains.  While Israel is a small country, it wields great wealth, power and influence around the World.  It has a host of enemies and very few friends.  God blesses those that bless His people.  The United States was a part of the reorganization of Israel and has stood as an ally ever since.  In our alignment, The US has been blessed.  We can never underestimate Israels power of the blessing it brings to be their friend.

God calls us to know Him personally.  We have a personal relationship with God through Christ.  Still Israel is a nation started and protected by God.  We need to honor God’s choice ad trust Him to work his plan to raise and drop nations and leaders in His way and timing.  We need to trust God to complete His plan in our lives and the lives of nations.  Help me, Lord to trust and follow You.

God Bless You

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
    a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
    her dust into burning sulfur;
    her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.
From generation to generation it will lie desolate;
    no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl[b] and screech owl[c] will possess it;
    the great owl[d] and the raven will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom
    the measuring line of chaos
    and the plumb line of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
    all her princes will vanish away.
13 Thorns will overrun her citadels,
    nettles and brambles her strongholds.
She will become a haunt for jackals,
    a home for owls.
14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas,
    and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures will also lie down
    and find for themselves places of rest.
15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs,
    she will hatch them, and care for her young
    under the shadow of her wings;
there also the falcons will gather,
    each with its mate.

16 Look in the scroll of the Lord and read:

None of these will be missing,
    not one will lack her mate.
For it is his mouth that has given the order,
    and his Spirit will gather them together.
17 He allots their portions;
    his hand distributes them by measure.
They will possess it forever
    and dwell there from generation to generation.

Isaiah 33–What Goes Around Comes Around

Isaiah next takes on the issue of balancing the scales.  So many times, we see the evil in the world and sense that there is no justice.  We see people that prey upon others and never seem to suffer consequences.  They snub rules and shake their fists at authority, all the time feeling invincible and deserving of anything they desire, no matter the cost to others.

Isaiah reminds us, that the destroyer will be destroyed.  The betrayer will be betrayed, in short–what goes around comes around.  In contrast, Isaiah says God will be gracious to the gracious, kind to those that show kindness.  God dispenses justice and mercy according to the measure it is dispensed.  The amazing addition, however, comes in that God also shows mercy to us as sinners.  We do not deserve such grace. We do not deserve salvation.  In Romans 5, Paul says it best, “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.

It is important for us, as His chosen, to live lives that show grace and mercy to the extent it has been shown to us. We must never lose sight that the Bible and our lives are filled with frail humans doing stupid things that affect others.  We grow cold and self-righteous, forgetting that we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard. In that, we act a great deal like the ones described in the prophecy.  We need to show God’s grace and mercy.  We need to show others the same measure of grace we have been shown. When we do, we will be blessed and receive the grace we have shown.  As a child of God, we must continue to live and look like the Savior that bore our sin.

God Bless You

​Woe to you, destroyer,you who have not been destroyed!Woe to you, betrayer,you who have not been betrayed!When you stop destroying,you will be destroyed;when you stop betraying,you will be betrayed.

Lord, be gracious to us;we long for you.Be our strength every morning,our salvation in time of distress.

At the uproar of your army, the peoples flee;when you rise up, the nations scatter.

Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts;like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it.

The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.

He will be the sure foundation for your times,a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.[a]

Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets;the envoys of peace weep bitterly.

The highways are deserted,no travelers are on the roads.The treaty is broken,its witnesses[b] are despised,no one is respected.

The land dries up and wastes away,Lebanon is ashamed and withers;Sharon is like the Arabah,and Bashan and Carmel drop their leaves.

10 “Now will I arise,” says the Lord.“Now will I be exalted;now will I be lifted up.