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The Day Is Coming

The Day Is Coming

01 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 1-3; Titus 3

Scripture:

1 The Message Isaiah got regarding Judah and Jerusalem: 2 There’s a day coming when the mountain of God’s House Will be The Mountain— solid, towering over all mountains. All nations will river toward it, people from all over set out for it. 3 They’ll say, “Come, let’s climb God’s Mountain, go to the House of the God of Jacob. He’ll show us the way he works so we can live the way we’re made.” Zion’s the source of the revelation. God’s Message comes from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:1-3 MSG)

It’s good to be back in Isaiah again. Next to Psalms, it’s the longest book in the Bible. Isaiah’s ministry as a prophet to the nation of Judah lasted over 50 years and spanned the reign of four kings of Judah – Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. About eighteen years into Isaiah’s ministry, the northern nation, Israel, fell to Assyria.

Isaiah’s prophecies aren’t all chronological, but grouped more by the content of the message, the first 39 chapters more about judgment and the last 27 chapters focused on comfort and hope.

Isaiah, more than any other prophet, seems to have been looking forward into three realms when he composed his prophetic messages: The immediate future, fulfillments that related to the coming of the Messiah, and the far future related to the church and the end times.

Isaiah’s messages are written in the language of nations, but there is such a Spirit-quickening sense that the messages of correction and the messages of hope apply to us who are living out our faith as part of Christ’s church. Thoughtfully reading the prophecies of Isaiah helps to “Show us the way God works, so we can live the way we were made to live.”

Prayer:

Father, help me to read and understand more clearly than ever how Isaiah’s words apply to me and to my fellow Christ-followers as we live out a part of history that Isaiah spoke about over 2700 years ago. I want to live in the fear of God that moved Isaiah and look forward with the same confident assurance you gave him. You truly are the Eternal Holy One. Amen.

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