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October 1, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 26 (ESV)

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city;
    he sets up salvation
    as walls and bulwarks.
Open the gates,
    that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.
You keep him in perfect peace
    whose mind is stayed on you,
    because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
For he has humbled
    the inhabitants of the height,
    the lofty city.
He lays it low, lays it low to the ground,
    casts it to the dust.
The foot tramples it,
    the feet of the poor,
    the steps of the needy....Continue Reading

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  1. 3 You keep him in perfect peace
    whose mind is stayed on you,
    because he trusts in you.
    4 Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

  2. “And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.”
    Isaiah 28:7

    Is so very similar to:

    It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
    Proverbs 31:4-5

    These two passages written by two very different people in very different times use very similar language to denounce debauchery, especially from a position of leadership.

  3. “Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there. ” Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there — so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.
    Isaiah 28:9-11,13

    What a warning to people who teach scripture and give spiritual advice. The Lord hates legalism (even under the Law of the Old Testament), and it seems He cares strongly that we never reduce the majesty and wonder of His words and our position with Him to a set of mindless behavioral checkboxes. Why does this happen in the Church age? What do we gain by numbing our spirits to the Spirit and serving only with empty, outward gestures of a lukewarm commitment? Surely this verse should terrify anyone who’s taught mindless curriculum to their children and confirmed living a legalistic life before God!

  4. Once again here in Isaiah 26, Isaiah emphasizes the blessing of those who seek God and the humility that will be thrust on those who don’t. But God gives grace to both. The difference is in what that grace produces. Will it humble us? Will it draw us to him to become the people He desires us to be or will it just be used to justify ourselves? He has such good things to offer us. When we yearn for Him we will be filled. He will make our paths straight and establish peace for us in the plan that He has both designed and will accomplish. We are best to seek it, discover it and follow it. What will we be on the outside looking into? Will we be on the outside of God’s will looking at those being blessed for being I it, or will we be In the protection of God waiting for His wrath to pass on those who deserve it? The choice is ours. May we pray that everyone be awakened to this reality!

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