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November 23, 2018

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

Isaiah 65 (ESV)

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;
    I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here I am, here I am,”
    to a nation that was not called by my name.
I spread out my hands all the day
    to a rebellious people,
who walk in a way that is not good,
    following their own devices;
a people who provoke me
    to my face continually,
sacrificing in gardens
    and making offerings on bricks;
who sit in tombs,
    and spend the night in secret places;
who eat pig’s flesh,
    and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;
who say, “Keep to yourself,
    do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”.
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  1. 24 Before they call I will answer;
    while they are yet speaking I will hear.
    25 The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
    the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
    and dust shall be the serpent’s food.
    They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all my holy mountain,”
    says the Lord.❤️

  2. 17 “For behold, I create new heavens
    and a new earth,
    and the former things shall not be remembered
    or come into mind.
    18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in that which I create;
    for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
    and her people to be a gladness.
    19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem
    and be glad in my people;
    no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
    and the cry of distress.

  3. Isaiah 65:8-10
    Though his judgments will destroy, God will also bless his old covenant people by preserving a remnant (cf. 1:9; 10:20-23; Matt. 13:24-30; Rom. 9:27-29; 11:1-5). the cluster. See Isa. 5:1-7. Sharon shall become a pasture (cf. 33:9). Sharon is the plain of rich pastureland beginning about 32 miles (51 km) northwest of Jerusalem and stretching along the Mediterranean coast from Joppa to Carmel. The Valley of Achor (see Josh. 7:22-26; Hos. 2:15) is a range of hills running through the plain of Jericho about 16 miles (26 km) northeast of Jerusalem. Their respective locations on the western and eastern borders of Israel signify God’s restorative blessing covering the whole of the land.
    Lane T. Dennis, ed., ESV Study Bible, The: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Bibles, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Isaiah 65”.

    I had also read 2 Kings 23 early this morning where God says that judgment is coming even though there are several years of revival in the land of Israel under Josiah. But, God in his loving kindness preserves a remnant which he promises to us here, and as the ESV Study Bible Notes explain, God’s restoration is complete.

  4. The conjunction ‘but’ looms large in verse 11.
    Isaiah 65:11-12 (ESV)
    11 But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny, 12 I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because,
    • when I called, you did not answer;
    • when I spoke, you did not listen,
    • you did what was evil in my eyes and
    • chose what I did not delight in.”

    65:11-12 Those Israelites who forsake their God for false gods will perish (cf. 57:3-13). set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny. These are pagan rituals invoking good luck.
    Lane T. Dennis, ed., ESV Study Bible, The: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Bibles, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Isaiah 65”.

    When God calls do I answer; when God speaks do I listen? Do I instead do what is evil in God’s eye and choose what God does not delight in? Lord, forgive me for there are times where I set movies and things before my eyes that are evil, that you do not delight in. Lord, when you speak may I immediately listen and not justify sinful behavior.

  5. Thanks for sharing that Dan.

    This chapter really reveals God’s heart. All that He has done to reveal Himself and provide, and yet He is rejected at every turn. He is the one who made the initiative to His people. He sought them when they didn’t seek them. And yet they remained stuck in their ways. And God must judge them for it. He must respond in the ways described here because He has to defend His character and act in a way consistent with it. He cannot approve their sin and therefore must act in a way that reveals His harsh treatment of it. He certainly is not to be trifled with and if He was, than He wouldn’t be God.

    What a stark comparison of what God will do for the righteous and what He will do for the wicked in verses 13-15. Once again it is the Deuteronomic code of blessing obedience and cursing disobedience. And yet in spite of what the wicked have done and because of what the righteous have done and because it is consistent with what God really wants to do anyways, God will preserve a remnant. He will orchestrate a time when His blessing will flow again and He will make everything new. And look at what that kingdom will look like. It is all the things that people would want: the former things not remembered, the sound of weeping heard no more, long life, blessings on the land, etc. But this is what God always wanted to do. Blessing is another part of His heart and He would have done all this for His people if they had obeyed. But their disobedience will not stop God from showing Himself to be a God of restoration, and transformation and peace. So He will do this in spite of them.

    It should cause us to live lives that frees God to bless us both because of His character and because of our behavior. To learn from the negative example of the Jews to not go where they went with God. But to follow in a way that frees Him to bless and provide. Sadly, there are many who do not and only scratch the surface of all that God is and has. May we be the kind of people who draw people to Him by living our lives for Him.

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