Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Devotional Note for Isaiah 30-37

Psalm 73:28: “It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Date: 24th October 2006 (Tuesday)
Text: Isaiah 30-37

Discovery through A.C.T.I.O.N.S. (Psalm 119:18-Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law)

Adoration-for who God is
Chapter 30-37
highlight to us that God is just and merciful. Because He is just, punishment upon sins would come in His time. Because He is merciful, restoration and full redemption would also come in His time upon His people! The message or point of Chapter 30-37 can be summarized as below:

30: Obstinate Judah sought help, protection, consultation and instruction from the pagan (Egypt) rather than from God (vv.1-11), but God’s Overflowing mercy would give rest, salvation and strength to those who truly repented of their sins; God will also guide, provide and heal the people of Zion in His grace and compassion (v.15,18-26).

31: Obstinateness results in judgment (vv.1-3), but Overflowing mercy of God would not leave Jerusalem; God would shield Jerusalem, deliver and rescue it from Assyria (v.4-9).

32: Outright spiritual revival will be brought by a king of righteousness---the Messiah (vv.1-8); Outright transformation will be brought by the Spirit of God that would be poured upon God’s people from above, bringing healing, justice, righteousness, peace, quietness, confidence, security and blessed life (v.15-20).

33: Outright punishment of God would come upon the destroyer and traitor---probably Assyria (v.1,19), but Outright salvation, wisdom, forgiveness and peace of the Mighty One would come upon God’s people (v.2, 5-6, 20-22, 24); the fear of the Lord is the Outright key to the treasure of God! (v.6)

34: Outright retribution to all nations in God’s wrath!

35: Overflowing gladness and joy (v.10b) fill God’s people hearts when they see the glory and the splendor of God; feeble hands are strengthened, knees are steadied (v.3), fearful hearts become strong (v.4), healing takes place (v.5-7), Highway of Holiness is made (v.8-9), the ransomed of the Lord will return to Zion with singing (v.10).

36: Threat of Assyrian king Sennacherib frightened and puzzled Judah.

37: Temple prayer (v.1, 14) of king Hezekiah (Judah) freed himself & nation from fear and protected the city (v.35).

33:5: The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge.

33:22: The Lord is our judge, lawgiver, king, and savior.

37:16-20: God is the God of gods, King of kings, Lord of lords! He rules over the angelic beings, the earthly kingdoms, and the universe. He hears everything we say and insults that mankind makes.

Confession-for what I sin
30:1,9: For being obstinate, carrying out plans that are not God’s, being deceitful and rebellious, forgive me O Lord.

30:10: For not desiring truth of God, but pleasant things and prophesy illusions, forgive me O Lord!

33:19, 37:29: For arrogance and insolence within me and people, forgive us O Lord!

34:2: For evil nations that cause the wrath of God, forgive us O Lord.

36:18-20, 37:12-13: For pride and blasphemy against the Creator God, forgive the unbelieving world!

Thanksgiving-for what God does
30:18: The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all who wait for Him.

30:30: The Lord will cause men to hear His majestic voice and will make them see His arm coming down.

32:1: A king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice!

33:2: God is gracious to those who long for Him and will be their strength every morning, their salvation in time of distress.

32:15-18: The Holy Spirit poured upon God’s people from on high will turn desert into fertile field and forest, where justice and righteousness will dwell; peace, quietness and confidence will take place; God’s people won’t be disturbed anymore.

33:24: God forgives all who dwell in Zion (means to be in His presence), all “illness” are healed.

34:8, 35:4: God will have a day of vengeance, a year of retribution. Therefore “do not take revenge, leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, It is mine to avenge, I will repay.” (Romans 12:19)

35:10: God grants gladness and joy for those who return to Zion, sorrow and sighing will flee away!

37:1-8: When king Judah was assailed by the blasphemy of the pagan, he went to the temple to seek God, meantime he went to the prophet (Isaiah) for prayer, instruction and direction. God comforted him: “Do not be afraid of what you have heard…” God also caused the emperor to hear a rumor that made him go back to his own country and had him killed there!

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives
30:15: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

30:19-21: How gracious God will be when you cry for help! As soon as God hears, He will answer you! Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

33:6: God will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

37:31: …take root below and bear fruit above.

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders
31:6: Return to God!

32:8: The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

33:5: God is a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge, the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

33:15: Walk righteously, speak what is right, reject gain from extortion, keep hands from accepting bribe, stop ears against plots of murder, shut eyes against contemplation evil.

35:4,8: God wants me to be strong and do not fear, to walk in the way of Holiness. “The unclean will not journey on it.”

37:1-4,14: Seek God and His prophet first when I am in day of distress and rebuke and disgrace (v.3).

Now-action-for what I must do
1. In everything, seek God Almighty and His protection (37:1,14); in adversity and affliction, hear His voice (30:19-21); take root below (in God), bear fruit above! (37:1,14,31,35)

2. Do not be afraid in a day of distress, rebuke and disgrace! (37:3,6)

3. Ask God for the treasure of salvation, wisdom and knowledge (33:6)

4. Minister to those who are in fear, or facing days of distress or rebuke or disgrace because of their enemies.

5. Pray for nations and people that do not know the one, true and living God, living in complacency, arrogance.

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do
33:2: O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

37:20: Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his (enemy’s) hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, are God!


At 4:10 PM, Blogger BreezY said...

Hi, pastor. Erm, I would like to ask a few questions which I dont really understand and my friends here also have their own different view on it.
I wish to listen from your opinion. Hope you'll see my message. =)
First of all, what's the definition of sin? Is it, something which we do not do it according to God's will, is consider as sin?
Second, God does not bring us sickness and disease. Then, where doest it comes from? God allows it to happen? OR Because we did something which open doors for satan, then we get those disease and sickness? Do we have divine healing? One of my friend said that, God heals people, yeah, that's right. But it's up to Him if He wants to heal the person or not. Doesnt He heals everybody? Or He heals when He wants, and when He doesnt heal, there's some reason behind it? Hmmm...It's quite complicated. Actually I still have a few questions, but I think I just leave it for the next time. Hope you will see my message. Thanks for reading my message. Oh ya, I salute the TMC workers, for putting in so much effort in this website, it's great that I still get to hear the sermon far away from church. Thanks. God bless. =)

At 4:11 PM, Blogger BreezY said...

oh ya, can i know ur email address? so that next time i can mail you my questions. thanx =)

At 2:09 PM, Blogger ibynck said...

I believe Pastor Lau is tryin' his best to obey God's will and plan for his life, and his sermons are filled with God's wisdom only. How come I know? It's because I had been through many similar experiences in life...

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Norah said...

Hello There am Nora from Uganda. I got up this morning with many qns in my life. By reading your articles on quiteness and confidence. I have been so blessed thanks to you.
I can have my devotion here in the office.

God bless you


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