Devotions July

Isa 59-63

July 31, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah 59 cuts right to the issue of Israel’s inability to establish righteousness by their own power. Sin cuts people off from God, and God enumerates Israel’s sin. He urges them to confess and yet again assures them that ultimate redemption would come.

The Redeemer that […]

Isa 54-58

July 30, 2015

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What does it say?

Following the amazing and detailed prophecies of Christ’s work on the cross, Isaiah 54-55 is an invitation to enter into the great salvation. These chapters are filled with hope and encouragement.

On the basis of this great salvation, Isaiah 56 informs God’s people of their need […]

Isa 49-53

July 29, 2015

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What does it say?

This section of Isaiah concerns God’s Servant and the redemption of his people. The messianic theme of the coming Servant as a light to the Gentiles first appears in Isaiah 42. This section unpacks the Servant theme in greater detail. Sometimes Israel is called God’s servant, but mostly […]

2 Kin 19; Psa 46, 80, 135

July 28, 2015

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What does it say?

We have already noted that these four historical chapters in Isaiah 36-39 are very similar to 2Kings 18-20 and that 2Chronicles 30-32 also covers the same historical period, each with different perspective and purpose. Isaiah probably wrote the original story later copied in 2Kings and later still is […]

Isa 44-48

July 27, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah 44-45 continues the themes that undergird this section. There is only one true God, and there is no comparison between him and the lifeless gods fabricated by human hands. Isaiah 45:1 names Cyrus of Persia over 100 years before his birth. Jerusalem has not yet fallen to […]

Isa 40-43

July 26, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah is called the miniature Bible with its 66 chapters just as the Bible has 66 books. It has two major divisions, chapters 1-39 and 40-66, just like the Bible has 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 more in the New Testament. This second half of […]

Isa 37-39; Psa 76

July 25, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah 37 completes the story of Hezekiah’s faith in trusting God for deliverance from Assyria and the material that is also found in 2Kings 18-20. Through his prophet Isaiah, God answers Hezekiah and delivers him and his people from the Assyrian threat.

Chapters 38 and 39 […]

Isa 35-36

July 24, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah 35 offers a stark and welcome contrast. The previous chapter ended with God turning the world into a desert. Here, God turns the desert into a garden. This is a chapter of hope and salvation.

The first half of Isaiah concludes with an historical section […]

Isa 31-34

July 23, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah 31-32 continues the “Book of Woes” begun in chapter 28 (Isa 28-33). This fifth woe is a rebuke of those who trust in Egypt for security rather than God.

The sixth and final woe follows in Isaiah 33. Though not named specifically, this woe is […]

Isa 28-30

July 22, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah 28 carries us back to the time before Israel is actually destroyed by Assyria. Though we are not certain of the exact time, whether during the reign of Ahab or the beginning of Hezekiah’s, the nature of the prophecy is parallel to that of Micah. This section […]

Hos 8-14

July 21, 2015

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What does it say?

Hosea 8-9 accuses Israel of having forgotten God and lists her sins of idolatry, trusting in treaties rather than God, corrupted true worship and arrogantly disregarding God’s law. God warns the nation of judgment and likens it to a reversal of the Exodus.

Israel’s relative affluence […]

Hos 1-7

July 20, 2015

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What does it say?

Hosea was a contemporary of Isaiah, but unlike Isaiah he was a northerner. Hosea appears at the end of Jeroboam II’s reign. His ministry will span four decades until right before Israel falls to the Assyrians in 722 BC. Idolatry in Israel has reached crisis level and God […]

2 Kin 18; 2 Chr 29-31; Psa 48

July 19, 2015

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What does it say?

2Kings 18 begins the story of king Hezekiah in Jerusalem, one of the best kings of Judah. Not long after Israel falls to the Assyrians, they turn their attention to Judah with both military and psychological warfare. 2Chronicles 29-31 takes us back earlier in Hezekiah’s reign before the […]

Isa 23-27

July 18, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah is a monster in terms of length and there are five chapters in today’s readings. By now I hope you have relaxed and realize that the purpose of this reading is not to become a Bible scholar, understanding every detail of every verse. Our objective is a […]

Isa 18-22

July 17, 2015

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What does it say?

Isaiah’s prophecies against surrounding nations that began in chapter 13 with this prophecy against Ethiopia, sometimes translated as Cus (Isa 18). There is some question as to the actual boundaries of biblical Ethiopia or Cush, but the bulk of it probably corresponds to what we call today Sudan, […]

Isa 13-17

July 16, 2015

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What does it say?

This begins a series of prophecies concerning the nations around Israel. Isaiah 13 is a prophecy against Babylon. Babylon is not even a power at this time, but a century in advance God is already predicting the demise of Babylon and has prepared the Medes to execute that […]

2 Chr 28; 2 Kin 16-17

July 15, 2015

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What does it say?

King Ahaz is one of the evil kings of Judah (2 Chr 28) and brings the nation of Judah to the very edge of destruction. God even uses the northern kingdom to chasten Judah. Twice in this chapter the author refers to Judah as Israel (28:19,23) in the […]

Mic 1-7

July 14, 2015

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What does it say?

Contemporary of Hosea, Amos and Isaiah, Micah is another of the eighth century B.C. prophets. From a southwestern town near the Philistine border, Micah addresses both the northern and southern kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Chapter one addresses both Jerusalem and Samaria for their sins. Micah 2 exposes the […]

2 Chr 27; Isa 9-12

July 13, 2015

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What does it say?

The reign of good king Jotham is given in 2Chronicles 27. In many ways he follows the example of his father Uzziah; however, it appears that he was unable to spark the people to repent and follow the ways of Jehovah God.

The first seven verses […]

Amos 6-9

July 12, 2015

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What does it say?

As already noted, this was a time in both Israel and Judah of relative prosperity, comfort and political stability. Amos 6 points out that affluence and comfortable living tend to produce a false security and isolate people from the real issues of life.

Amos 7 uses the […]