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Isa. 63
Matt. 11
Isa. 64
Matt. 12
Isa. 65
Matt. 13
Isa. 66
Matt. 14
Jer. 1
Matt. 15
Jer. 2
Matt. 16
Jer. 3
Matt. 17

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Two chapters in our reading this week—Isaiah 63 and Matthew 12—teach us about the Holy Spirit. First we read in Isaiah 63 of how the Lord put His Holy Spirit in the midst of His people Israel. The Holy Spirit made His presence known through the demonstration of His power over all things. The example given by Isaiah is the parting of the Red Sea. The Holy Spirit then faithfully and powerfully led His people through the wilderness and gave them rest.

The Westminster Standards reminds us of Scripture’s teaching that Jesus was “anointed with the Holy Spirit, above measure” (WCF 8.3, WLC q. 42). This anointing was made known through powerful miracles, the kind the Apostle Matthew tells us about in Matthew 12—the casting out of demons and the healing of diseases.

Matthew even cites these miracles as the explicit fulfillment of prophecies in Isaiah:

Many followed Him, and He healed them all, and warned them not to tell who He was. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

“Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;

My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased;

I will put My Spirit upon Him,

And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.”

Matthew 12:15–18 (cf. Isaiah 42:1–4)

Both Isaiah 63 and Matthew 12 also contain warnings against grieving the Holy Spirit. Isaiah says the people “rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them” (Isa. 63:10). Jesus warns, saying, “Any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven” (Matt. 12:31). What a fearful statement!

Apparently, grieving the Holy Spirit has a lot to do with how we speak. The Israelites grieved Him when they grumbled and complained against God and against His anointed servant Moses. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is so terrible that it won’t be forgiven. In our recent preaching series on Ephesians, we saw that the Holy Spirit is grieved when His people speak with bitterness and wrath against each other, rather than in an edifying way:

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:29–32

Let us diligently guard our tongues and use our speech to glorify God and edify others!

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
—Matthew 12:32

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise the Holy Spirit, the “Lord and Giver of life.”
  • Confession – Confess times you have spoken out of bitterness and wrath to your brother or sister in Christ.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for His gift of the Holy Spirit, who seals us for the day of redemption.
  • Supplication – Ask God to grow you in your dependence upon His Holy Spirit.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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