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October 30, 2018

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

Isaiah 48 (ESV)

Hear this, O house of Jacob,
    who are called by the name of Israel,
    and who came from the waters of Judah,
who swear by the name of the Lord
    and confess the God of Israel,
    but not in truth or right.
For they call themselves after the holy city,
    and stay themselves on the God of Israel;
    the Lord of hosts is his name.

“The former things I declared of old;
    they went out from my mouth, and I announced them;
    then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
Because I know that you are obstinate,
    and your neck is an iron sinew
    and your forehead brass,
I declared them to you from of old,
    before they came to pass I announced them to you,
lest you should say, ‘My idol did them,
    my carved image and my metal image commanded them.....Continue Reading

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  1. 18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
    Then your peace would have been like a river,
    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
    19 your offspring would have been like the sand,
    and your descendants like its grains;
    their name would never be cut off
    or destroyed from before me.”

  2. 12 “Listen to me, O Jacob,
    and Israel, whom I called!
    I am he; I am the first,
    and I am the last.
    13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
    and my right hand spread out the heavens;
    when I call to them,
    they stand forth together.
    14 “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
    Who among them has declared these things?
    The Lord loves him;

  3. This chapter shows it is not only the Babylonians that struggle with pride, the Israelites do as well and they are stubborn in it in spite of all the overtures from God to them. Isaiah 48:11 is a very significant verse. As one author says it is the banner that flies over everything God does, “I will not yield my glory to another.” It is why everything we do in obedience has to be based in what He has provided or else we would be able to take credit for something. But God also says this because it is true, not because He needs the glory. All glory is His whether or not anyone recognizes it. But He pursues us and provides a means of salvation so we will recognize it .

    I like Isaiah 48:18 as well. If only we too would pay attention and follow Him….

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