God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10 - Isaiah 5-8: God Guarantees Victory; Judah Ignores Him

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 5-8

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

God purifies Isaiah when he is unworthy of being God's prophet.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

God gave Israel everything but they only produce bitter fruit.
Doom will come to those who do not set things right. They call good "evil" and evil "good".
Isaiah saw God on His Throne, the angels singing, "Holy, Holy, Holy!"
God purified Isaiah and sent him to proclaim His message.
Judah would not trust God when attacked. He gave them a sign: a virgin would give birth and by his 12th year, war would cease. Judah didn't learn; therefore, they would be captured and sent away—their prized vineyards overgrown.
God warned Isaiah to trust Him better than Judah.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

God will punish those who do not set things right.

God gave His Chosen People all they ever needed to thrive but instead they turned to other gods and spiritists. This is why God uses the vineyard analogy. He has given Israel everything they needed: freedom from oppression, expansive and fruitful land, and physical reminders of His Presence in the Temple. But they do not want to obey Him. God has no other alternative—they must be punished. God expects those who receive His Blessings to set things right on the earth.

God makes Isaiah worthy to be His prophet.

God's treatment of Isaiah shows God's great mercy. Instead of punishing Isaiah for his blasphemy, God purifies him then sends him on his way. God will use anyone willing to set things right on the earth. If you are not worthy, He will make you worthy.
What does this mean for us today? If you do not feel worthy of setting things right, let God purify your spirit. Let go of the guilt that prevents you from being with God. He desperately wants you! He needs you!

It is better to consult living Scriptures than dead spirits.

Israel has been substituting spiritualists for God since before Saul. They seem more "in touch" with the spirit world than words on paper. However, they cannot help because the spirits are dead. The words on paper are the Living Word of God. They can help! When you feel you cannot go on, go back to God's Word!

Have you begun producing fruit?

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