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November 11, 2018

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

Isaiah 57 (ESV)

The righteous man perishes,
    and no one lays it to heart;
devout men are taken away,
    while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;
    he enters into peace;
they rest in their beds
    who walk in their uprightness.
But you, draw near,
    sons of the sorceress,
    offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman..
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  1. 15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
    who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
    “I dwell in the high and holy place,
    and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
    to revive the spirit of the lowly,
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
    16 For I will not contend forever,
    nor will I always be angry;
    for the spirit would grow faint before me,

  2. 15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
    who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
    “I dwell in the high and holy place,
    and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
    to revive the spirit of the lowly,
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.

  3. The final verse of this chapter tells it’s major theme, “There is no peace,” says me God, “for the wicked”. God is certainly not pleased with their sin, their trusting in foreign God’s and their treatment of people that flows from that. But His frustration with them and His judgement of them is not the only thing the chapter speaks of. It begins by telling us that the righteous are sometimes taken home to Him to spare them of evil. They will enter peace but the evil forsake God in every facet of life. But God still wants to draw them in. He still wants to forgive and relate, but He requires a contrite heart. He needs a will bent towards Him. Otherwise God would be condoning and enabling evil, and we know He can’t do that. He is the one who lives in a high and holy place, but also resides with those who are humble and contrite. Let us not continue in ways that He cannot bless and cannot approve, but rather pursue the things that glorify Him, benefit us and those around us and bring His favor as well.

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