Mo 5/27Tu 5/28We 5/29Th 5/30Fr 5/31Sa 6/1Su 6/2
Isa. 28
2 John 1
Isa. 29
3 John 1
Isa. 30
Jude 1
Isa. 31
Rev. 1
Isa. 32
Rev. 2
Isa. 33
Rev. 3
Isa. 34
Rev. 4

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Isaiah alternates regularly through a few different types of passage. I want to point out three in particular. One type points out the sins of the people of God and that they are seeking after hopeless, foolish, worthless things, warning them of the consequences of their sin, and calling them back to Himself. A second type is a judgment on the nations that have led God’s people astray or are persecuting them. A third type of passage describes the wonderful things that God is going to do for His faithful people.

As you read, notice the seamless transitioning that happens between these three types of passages. Your bibles might have headings, but sometimes it is hard to really distinguish where one emphasis ends and another begins.

These are not three different things. They are intertwined. The hope of those who remain faithful is that God will execute justice on their behalf, punishing their enemies. There is not a bright line between those Jews who are “rebellious children” (Isa. 30:1) and those who “long for Him” (Isa. 30:18). They all live together in the same land, called by the same name, the same people, the chosen people of God. For some of the former, the Lord’s discipline will bear good fruit in their repentance. Yet others will be hypocritical, claiming to be followers of God, but not bearing good fruit. Let us make sure that our hearts are turned toward God, and that we long for Him.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

This people draw near with their words

And honor Me with their lip service,

But they remove their hearts far from Me,

And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote.

—Isaiah 29:13

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – “The LORD is a God of justice.” (Is 30:18)
  • Confession – How often we turn to God only with our lips, but not our hearts.
  • Thanksgiving – Praise the Lord, that God has always kept a remnant for Himself!
  • Supplication – “O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their strength every morning, our salvation also in the time of distress.” (Is 33:2)

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This post by Joseph Bayly

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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