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October 5, 2018

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

Isaiah 29 (ESV)

Ah, Ariel, Ariel,
    the city where David encamped!
Add year to year;
    let the feasts run their round.
Yet I will distress Ariel,
    and there shall be moaning and lamentation,
    and she shall be to me like an Ariel.
And I will encamp against you all around,
    and will besiege you with towers
    and I will raise siegeworks against you.
And you will be brought low; from the earth you shall speak,
    and from the dust your speech will be bowed down;
your voice shall come from the ground like the voice of a ghost,
    and from the dust your speech shall whisper..
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  1. 15 Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel,
    whose deeds are in the dark,
    and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
    16 You turn things upside down!
    Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
    that the thing made should say of its maker,
    “He did not make me”;
    or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
    “He has no understanding”?

  2. Once again we find both judgement and restoration to God’s people in this chapter here. It is only here that Jerusalem is referred to as Ariel which means lion of God. And punishment from God is promised for Judah because of its sin, but judgement is also declared for it’s enemies. So even though God is willing to correct His people, He is also willing to protect them.

    Verse 13 gives God’s issue with His people. They honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him. They honor Him with rules taught by men rather than seeking a relationship with God, showing that God cares about relationship and genuine, heart directed obedience and not just lip service. Naturally these are familiar words to as is verse 16 because of their use by Jesus and Paul to caution us in our relationship with God as well.

    But once again the chapter ends with assurance of restoration. A time when God’s people will honor Him and He in kind will provide for them in the ways He has always wanted. How long will we hold Him at arms length and not embrace Him for all He is and give ourselves wholly to Him? This is certainly what these chapters continue to reenforce.

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