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November 25, 2018

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

Isaiah 66 (ESV)

hus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
    and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word..
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  1. Isaiah 66:1-2 (ESV)
    1  Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? 2  All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

    ‘Trembles at my word’
    This reminds me of the response of Josiah in 2 Kings 22 – 23, who trembled at God’s word and chose a path of repentance.

    ‘Heaven is my throne …’
    I look at the heavens and am awed, Father. I look at the mountains and its beauty catches my breath. These, however, are but your footstool. So where do you take your rest? You take your rest in the one who is humble and contrite in spirit and who trembles at your word.

    Lord, teach me to tremble at your word, to be humble and contrite in spirit. Teach me to worship you in spirit and in truth, with a genuine love. When you call help me to have ears to hear and feet to respond.

    I also found the contrast between comfort and judgment interesting at the end of the chapter.

  2. 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
    that I make
    shall remain before me, says the Lord,
    so shall your offspring and your name remain.
    23 From new moon to new moon,
    and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
    all flesh shall come to worship before me,
    declares the Lord.

  3. What a fitting way to end this prophetic book. The Bible I read has the heading judgement and hope, and that is exactly what is found here. God is over all. The things that amaze us are below Him. So it is fitting that we would be humble and eager to follow what He says. But are we? Certainly the Israelites were not and so even the good things they did out of ceremony were offensive. What a sad commentary in verse 4, “when I called, no one answered, when I spoke no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” So what is a fitting response from God? It is the harsh treatment referred to at the beginning of the verse, right? See HE should be exalted and praised and obeyed. And some in the nation understood that.

    And for them and for the sake of His name, God will find ways to bless. He is certainly able to do miraculous things if we would be in a place to receive them. And it is because of God’s heart and ability to bless why there is always hope. He is always looking to turn things around. At times He will do that because of us and other times He will do it in spite of us. And that has been part of the emphasis in Isaiah. God will do a work in the future to bless Israel just because He can and because that is the way He is. The choice always is are we going to get on board….

    These are powerful words for us in America, who may think we are blessed because of our prosperity, but are the things we do really pleasing to God and reveal a dependence on Him? Are we responsive to His word? Because if we do not, the blessing we have will be short lived and even the “good” things we do will not please God. So this chapter is a good word for us today……

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