Isaiah 48–Giving God the Credit He Deserves

Isaiah’s next prophecy was to set the record straight on why Judah was still standing. It was not because they were a holy people.  It was not because they were valient or faithful.  It was not because they had come up with a plan to defeat the rest of the world or to fool God.  No, simply put, they still stood because God loved them and made a covenant to make them a great nation.

It was irritating to God to continue to support such a stiff necked and disobedient people.  He, however had skin in the game.  He delivered them out of slavery and brought them to this land.  He defeated their enemies and prospered them.  So, the decision to allow them to be catered and exiled was not an easy one to make.  In this passage, God makes clear that their very presence only happened as a gift from Him.  Such grace should be heralded and worshipped.  Sadly, the people simply went about their busy lives neither acknowledging God’s grace, nor retuning to the worship and submission to His lordship.

In present day, Many are faced with the same clear message.  It is not because we were that good or reverent; it is simply because God is a God of grace and mercy.  His chosen have not lived with the humility or passion to follow Him that He deserves.  But, As Paul said in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  That message rings loud in this time and culture.  We need to be humble, grateful and follow God closely.  It is only by His grace that we are still standing.

God Bless You


​“Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,    you who are called by the name of Israel  and come from the line of Judah,you who take oaths in the name of the Lord    and invoke the God of Israel—    but not in truth or righteousness—you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city    and claim to rely on the God of Israel—    the Lord Almighty is his name:I foretold the former things long ago,    my mouth announced them, and I made them known.    then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.For I knew how stubborn you were.    your neck muscles were iron,    your forehead was bronze.Therefore I told you these things long ago;    before they happened, I announced them to youso that you could not say,    ‘My images brought them about;    my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’You have heard these things; look at them all.    Will you not admit them?“From now on I will tell you of new things,    of hidden things unknown to you.They are created now, and not long ago;    you have not heard of them before today.So you cannot say,    ‘Yes, I knew of them.’You have neither heard nor understood;    from of old your ears have not been open.Well do I know how treacherous you are;    you were called a rebel from birth.For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath;    for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,    so as not to destroy you completely.10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver;    I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.    How can I let myself be defamed?    I will not yield my glory to another.

Isaiah 45–God’s Installation of Leaders

Isaiah prophecies the coming and taking of the Babylonian empire by Cyress, the King of the Medes and Persians. Interestingly, this is well prior to the Israel exile to Babylon.  The important take away is the reminder that God has a plan and that He is the one executing the plan.  Israel’s fate was sealed. They had abandoned the Lord and were destined to be exiled. In that pain, God had already planned for their release and return to Jerusalem.  

Cyress was no preist or prophet from God, He did neither honor God nor worship Him.  Still, God knew He would be the king that released the exiled Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem.  God has said all along that he installed and removed leaders.  We simply must trust that God’s plan is being completed.  We can neither outthink nor outguess God. Solomon said it best in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge God in all your ways, and , He will make your paths straight.”

America is in a singularly difficult period in its history.  So much division and so much distrust.  The Church is being called upon to pray ceaselessly for God to work His plan and heal our Land.  We cannot be timid, nor can we expect anyone else to intercede for this nation and its people.  Join in prayer for the revival of this nation and for peace in our land.  We cannot give up on meeting together and seeking God with all our hearts.  If we will, we can echo the words of Jonathan, Saul’s son, in I Samuel 14:6, when he told his armor bearer, “Let’s go to battle, perhaps the Lord will work for us.”

God Bless You


“This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
    and will level the mountains[a];
I will break down gates of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant,
    of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things.

“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
    let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
    let salvation spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
    those who are nothing but potsherds
    among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
    ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
    ‘The potter has no hands’?
10 Woe to the one who says to a father,
    ‘What have you begotten?’
or to a mother,
    ‘What have you brought to birth?’

11 “This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,
    do you question me about my children,
    or give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 It is I who made the earth
    and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
    I marshaled their starry hosts.
13 I will raise up Cyrus[b] in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

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.

Isaiah 22–God’s Word for Jerusalem

After the prophecy of the destruction of all of Judah’s enemies, Isaiah is now to proclaim the destruction of Jerusalem.  It was not a happy message.  At the end of the day, God was not going to be patient for much longer.  The hearts of the people had turned, and the hope of repentance and revival had passed.  Now, Isaiah was tasked with revealing the pain that lie ahead.

The pain that was predicted was the tearing down of walls the pillaging and destruction of the temple and the bloodless capture and exile of the people.  That had to sound preposterous to the people, after all, things under Hezakiah were very nice.  They were experiencing peace and prosperity like the days of old.  Nothing could go wrong…until it did.

In present day, we can never assume life will continue problem free.  in the blink of an eye peace can turn to chaos, and prosperity to economic devastation. Fighting from within and pressures from without–remind us that as in the days of this prophet, God’s people must repent and pray for revival and renewal.  God is patient, but, as with Israel and Judah–that patience will run out.  We need to be proactive and humbly seek Him with all our hearts.  We also need to be grateful for what we have and not take it for granted.  Please join me in humble prayer.

God Bless You


The oracle concerning the valley of vision.

What do you mean that you have gone up,
    all of you, to the housetops,
you who are full of shoutings,
    tumultuous city, exultant town?
Your slain are not slain with the sword
    or dead in battle.
All your leaders have fled together;
    without the bow they were captured.
All of you who were found were captured,
    though they had fled far away.
Therefore I said:
“Look away from me;
    let me weep bitter tears;
do not labour to comfort me
    concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”
For the Lord God of hosts has a day
    of tumult and trampling and confusion
    in the valley of vision,
a battering down of walls
    and a shouting to the mountains.
And Elam bore the quiver
    with chariots and horsemen,
    and Kir uncovered the shield.
Your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
    and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.
He has taken away the covering of Judah.

In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest, and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool, 10 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall. 11 You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

12 In that day the Lord God of hosts
    called for weeping and mourning,
    for baldness and wearing sackcloth;
13 and behold, joy and gladness,
    killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
    eating flesh and drinking wine.
“Let us eat and drink,
    for tomorrow we die.”
14 The Lord of hosts has revealed himself in my ears:
“Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,”
    says the Lord God of hosts.

The Cultural Spiral–Proverbs 29 Part 1

While there are many aspects of wisdom, one of the most curious aspects is the envy and violence that those who fail to seek it possess.  There has been the misconception that an absence of reverence has no effect on order. In fact, as respect for God wanes, so does respect for authority and respect for life. From the time of Noah, societies that alienate themselves from God—become lawless, chaotic, self-destructive messes.

Solomon contrasts the lives of the people affected by the wise and the foolish. That societal dysfunction is visited down to the individual. In current culture, removal of all vestiges of God from Government and education started a downward spiral that eliminated respect for authority—military, law enforcement, educators and parents. Additionally, we eliminated respect for life—abortion, euthanasia, genocide and violent crime. Finally, we eliminated respect for institution—marriage, family, and even gender roles.  The result is a society like Noah’s wrought with lawlessness, chaos and self-destruction.

Sadly, history does not reflect a society’s restoration once it has reached the level of chaos described. Time and again, the Sodomites, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans saw their cultures destroyed as chaos overtook them. Even in current culture, one need only look across the globe to Europe to see the crumbling of civilization occurring before our very eyes. As Christians, we need to pray for restoration and revival. Passionately, we need to call on God for mercy and for direction to regain a semblance of order and polite society in our nation—otherwise, we will fade into obscurity as great cultures have done before us. Have mercy Mighty Lord!!!

God Bless You

1Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes     will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;     when the wicked rule, the people groan.

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,     but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

By justice a king gives a country stability,     but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.

Those who flatter their neighbors     are spreading nets for their feet.

Evildoers are snared by their own sin,     but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.

The righteous care about justice for the poor,     but the wicked have no such concern.

Mockers stir up a city,     but the wise turn away anger.

If a wise person goes to court with a fool,     the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity     and seek to kill the upright

Wise Sayings From a Wise Guy–Proverbs 1 Part 1

Giving back—that is the answer of why the wisest, richest and most powerful leader of Israel took time out of his day to write the proverbs. To understand the proverbs, one must understand the author.  Solomon was the Son of David.  He was God’s pick for King.  When he became king—God met him directly, offered him anything he wanted as King–wealth, power, fame—Solomon told God, as a young king, he wanted wisdom.  God was thrilled.  God said, as you have asked for wisdom—I will make you the wisest king that has ever lived.  In addition, since you chose wisdom over fame, power and fortune, I will also give you all of those things. So it was—Solomon became the wisest, most powerful, most wealthy and most influential king of the nation of Israel.

Sadly, despite all that God had provided the king—like many of us—Solomon began to believe the hype.  He became proud of his wisdom, his wealth and his power.  He literally made his life an experiment.  He did everything that men do to find happiness.  He sought treasure-and accumulated more than he could ever spend—it left him empty.  He sought love—he had 1000 wives and 300 concubines—it left him lonely.  He sought world renown as the most prominent and wealthiest leader in the world—yet his power gave him nothing more than the kings before him. He dived head first into every sin imaginable—still he was unsatisfied.  At the end of his life, the “wonder king” realized all his ventures were nothing more than foolishness and his original plan as a boy king—to have and use God’s wisdom to lead justly and selflessly was the most amazing life of all.

It is from that place, that the wisest man of all time penned the proverbs.  He wrote them for his son—the one who would be king.  His hope was that he could help him to avoid the wasteful empty life Solomon made for himself.  While, the proverbs did not mold and save Rehoboam- his son and successor, it has shaped lives through the centuries and gives men some very practical life directing wisdom, that if followed, will unleash the power of a Godly king.

God Bless You

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for gaining wisdom and instruction;     for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,     doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple,     knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning,     and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables,     the sayings and riddles of the wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,     but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

A False Teacher’s Destiny–2 Peter 2

God takes seriously the diluting or falsifying of his message of hope and freedom.  He does not tolerate those that would use his name to extort, intimidate, control or in any other way deceive his chosen ones.  Like any father, he could tolerate someone attacking or trying to lead him astray, but if you mess with his kids, it will not go well for you.

So many have tried to use God’s message of freedom for personal gain or glory.  He tells us that the end for them will be awful.  We have to seek the truth.  We also have to carefully discern the message those who teach are spreading.  If their focus is on anyone other than the Lord, it is a sign they are not teaching the truth.  Their message should be clear, consistent and Christ centered, otherwise its veracity is suspect.  We need to follow the true message and teachers that are committed to its communication.  Help me Lord to listen to and teach the truth!

God Bless You

But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

Confession With Passion–2 Peter 1 Final

Peter’s confession is unrivaled in passion and in credibility.  Here, he is writing to the church–soon before being hung upside down on a cross, letting them know this is a passion he gained through eye witness experience.  This same Peter–that denied Christ the night of his arrest.  The Peter that told God he did not like his cooking on a roof in Joppa.  The Peter that avoided the barbeque when Paul and kosher Christians showed up to meet with Gentile Christians–now is telling what he saw and heard that would convince anyone of the deity of Christ!

We are the same. We can go from fear to Fanatic by simply clinging to the truth of Christ as it has been shown in our lives.  We have all seen and experienced the difference the relationship has brought in our lives.  We have done great things and we have failed–but, no matter what we can stand before others and passionately tell them What a difference he has made in our lives.  We simply need to remember and cling to the countless times he has intervened on  our behalf.

We need not be afraid–He loves us as we are and knows us as the frail children that we sadly remain.  We simply need to also know him for the mighty God he is and follow him accordingly!

God Bless You

For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life,[e] 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”[f] 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines[g] in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding,[h] 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

Only the sick need a Doctor–Matt 2 part 2

Jesus knew what he was getting when he came to earth.  He came to show the world the true face of the Father. The miracles he did were to show His father’s nature and Love.  When Jesus called Matthew, he did so to show the world he takes us as we are.  He did not want teachers or royalty, he wanted just folks, in their sinful condition-to save and to lead in a right relationship to God.  Thousands of years of reading and teaching the law had not given the Jewish people how the Lord loved and wanted to have a relationship with us.  So, God sent Jesus to seek and save the lost…(the sick).  Jesus surrounded himself with people that were lost, hurting and hopeless.  He then met them where they were and gave them what they were missing—health hope and love.

It is still the same today.  God still looks to love the loveless, heal the sick and give hope to the hopeless.  There is still only one answer to men’s condition.  The answer is Jesus.  He died to give us salvation.  He lived to show us the Father’s love.  The word’s he spoke, the miracles he performed and the sacrifice he made were all to help those who were hopeless to gain hope.  We only need to accept that love and follow him. We do not need to earn it nor can we.  The harder we try to earn it the farther from his love we move.  The most we could do is to simply surrender to his love and leadership.  He then will fill the void we never could.  Help me Lord, to simply trust, follow and experience the life he gives.

God Bless You

13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Go Big or Go Home 2 Samuel 14 part 2

David brought his son Absolom back from Geshur. But when he brought him back, he refused to rebuild the relationship.  David simply ignored him.  This drove Absolom crazy.  He wanted to restore his relationship with his dad and did everything requested to make that happen.  David continued to ignore and avoid the situation and would ultimately make things worse.  If we are willing to move to correct our sin and repent, we cannot take a minimal approach.  That approach will cause even more damage. 

In our lives, we need to move ahead in our journey as if we fully believe God is God and has a plan.  We do not have the luxury of hedging our bets.  We cannot be double minded.  In fact, When God talks of double minded attitudes and half hearted commitment he is quite adamant that it makes him sick.  Follow God and his plan or don’t.  Going halfway makes God sick.  Help me Lord to walk with you completely committed to your leadership.

God Bless You

28 Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years, but he never got to see the king. 29 Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. 30 So Absalom said to his servants, “Go and set fire to Joab’s barley field, the field next to mine.” So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded.

31 Then Joab came to Absalom at his house and demanded, “Why did your servants set my field on fire?”

32 And Absalom replied, “Because I wanted you to ask the king why he brought me back from Geshur if he didn’t intend to see me. I might as well have stayed there. Let me see the king; if he finds me guilty of anything, then let him kill me.”