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November 5, 2018

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

Isaiah 52 (ESV)

Awake, awake,
    put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments,
    O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for there shall no more come into you
    the uncircumcised and the unclean.
Shake yourself from the dust and arise;
    be seated, O Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion..
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  1. We saw in 2 Kings 17 the northern kingdom of Israel being exiled in to Assyria because of their disobedience and rejecting the warnings that came from the prophets. Isaiah has been warning Judah of the same thing and encouraging them to obey God and avoid the same fate. At times he points to the coming exile itself and how God will restore His people to Jerusalem after it. This is what is going on in this chapter. That is what is meant by shaking off the dust and throwing off the chains in verse 2. This will cause the nations to mock God and the people of Judah to doubt Him. That’s why the message is so beautiful on the mountains, the message of good news and proclaiming peace, affirming that your God reigns! This is to give the people a reason to rejoice as it should us as well, regardless of the circumstances we are in or what we think of election results! God is our protector and our rear guard and will go before us.

    And in addition to this, God will bring a servant who will show all of us how it should be done. He will both exalted and disfigured and He will impact the whole world. What a fitting picture of the person and message of Christ. The obedience He lived in, the suffering He went through, the exaltation He will receive and the effect on the world He has had is all reflected here in this chapter. Awesome!

  2. 7 How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

  3. 7 How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
    8 The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
    together they sing for joy;
    for eye to eye they see
    the return of the Lord to Zion.

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