Sorry for the unexpected hiatus. My family and I had a very stressful situation with trying to move, I simply didn’t have time to blog. But today I return and we will continue on with the Isaiah study that we started at the end of April.
In today’s section, Isaiah opens with a warning aimed at Samaria (the capitol of the northern kingdom). However this message could be applied to the entire northern kingdom of Israel. After King Solomon’s reign, the kingdoms split. One major way the leaders tried to keep the people from going to Jerusalem to worship was by placing idols inside a temple. This tempted Israel into idol worship. He tells them that they will soon be destroyed by foreigners and taught the lessons that God has been trying to teach them by their oppressors. Then God moves to Jerusalem (the capitol of the southern kingdom). He warns them of following in the footsteps of their northern relatives. I particularly denounces worship by going through the motions. “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-mad rules learned by rote.” (29:13, NLT). Another version is translated, “Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.”. He then continues to tell them how worthless it is to rely on other human beings, and not God. Isaiah depicts the coming of God’s anger, but God tells His people, “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.” (30:15, NLT). Isaiah then goes on to describe what the coming King will bring to the people. “Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field. And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.” (32:16-17, NLT).
I think that in today’s world, most people are suffering from symptoms of not following God. I even have these problems myself. They come in the form of questioning yourself, God, or others and a general sense of chaos. I heard a sermon a few weeks back. The pastor was talking about hearing God’s voice. He showed a graphic that one side had the characteristics of God’s voice, and the other was the characteristics of the Enemy. On the Enemy’s side were words like, “chaos”, “insecurity”, “instability”. Yet on God’s side were the words “peace”, “security”, “stability”. I think we have too many people running around not listening. Isaiah tells us that when the King comes that His righteousness will bring peace. That Kingdom is upon us my friends. We have to simply reconnect (or connect for the first time) to God, who is our King. When we are in His presence, we feel like we are at home. If you’re in a place where you are feeling uncomfortable, or not sure of yourself, or simply depressed, I promise you that those feelings are not from God. I encourage you to crack open a Bible (not that we aren’t doing that now) and reading one of the Gospels. I’ve had to do this myself recently, while moving made my life a little too chaotic. I promise it works. Our God is a god who bring peace. Remember that.
Also in this Series
- The Call to Come Back (Isaiah 1-4)
- A Call to be Different (Isaiah 5-8)
- No Longer Need to Wait (Isaiah 9-10)
- O Praise Him (Isaiah 11-12)
- He Keeps His Promises (Isaiah 13-16)
- Where Does Your Wisdom Come From? (Isaiah 17-20)
- The Problem of Pride (Isaiah 21-23)
- Salvation Comes From the Lord (Isaiah 24-27)