Day 208

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Isaiah 52:13 – 57:21 (HCSB)

Jerry Tarver, Worship and Arts

As we read through the Old Testament, have you noticed that a large volume of material in the Bible is devoted to a small amount of time? The time period involves the last years of the Northern Kingdom, Israel, prior to exile to Assyria, and the last 136 years of the Southern Kingdom, Judah, prior to exile to Babylon. God constantly disciplines and offers redemption to his chosen people, if only they would return to Him and forsake all of the other (false) gods. This, to me, shows that God loves his people exceedingly and provides multiple opportunities for redemption through many kings and prophets. He does this time and time again.

We also see a foreshadowing of God’s ultimate plan to redeem all who accept Him through Jesus Christ. References to this plan are found in multiple locations throughout Isaiah and foretell the specifics of his character and death.

Isaiah 52:13: “He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted,” refers to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Isaiah 53:3: “He was despised and rejected by men,” refers to the way Jesus was treated by the religious authorities.
Isaiah 52:5: “He was pierced because of our transgressions,” refers to the spear thrust through his side at the crucifixion.
Isaiah 53:5: “We are healed by His wounds.”
Isaiah 53:6: “The Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:7: “He was oppressed and afflicted yet He did not open His mouth like a lamb led to the slaughter.”
These verses refer to the purpose of Christ’s death on the cross and how it relates to the Old Testament sacrificial system.

Much of the rest of our reading offers great encouragement for us. We see that God desires and promises that if we seek Him, He will-be found-have compassion-freely forgive-heal and restore comfort
I pray that these prophecies and promises comfort you and strengthen your faith.

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3 responses »

  1. Isaiah 57:1-2 (NLT)

    Good people pass away;
    the godly often die before their time.
    But no one seems to care or wonder why.
    No one seems to understand
    that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
    For those who follow godly paths
    will rest in peace when they die.

    This passage provides a little insight to the “Why” question we all ask when the young & innocent or the righteous and Godly people are stricken down in the prime of their lives.

    Father God, thank You for your word that describes your ultimate plan for those who seek it and thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus who paid the ultimate price for us. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us to guide us while we wait for Jesus to return in the final gathering of all His people.

  2. Lord, thank You that Your ways are not like my ways and that Your thoughts are infinitely higher than mine. My thoughts and ways are so prone to follow my sinful nature and the culture in which I live. Thank You that Your ways may not make sense to my finite mind at first but they always end far greater than I could imagine. Father, I choose to trust You today rather than lean on my own understanding, on self-sufficiency, self-protection or independence. Thank You that You made a way for me to live at peace and in a loving covenant with You, the God of the Universe, Creator and Sustainer. How could I ask for more? Amen.

  3. How many times, and in how many different ways, does God have to tell us “if you obey Me I will bless you beyond your imagination, but if you rebel against Me, you’ll get only destruction and death”? It seems like God says that over and over and over again — but we still don’t get it. How amazing is His patience with us! No wonder He revealed Himself to us as Father.

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