Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Devotional Note for Isaiah 48-60

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.”

Text: Isaiah 48-60

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

Isaiah 48-60 highlights the One, True and Living God as Sovereign Lord, righteous Judge, gracious Savior, mighty Redeemer, faithful Covenant-keeper, and glorious eternal Light.

In the light of chapter 40 (the turning point of the book of Isaiah which highlights the renewal of strength by hoping in the Lord), chapter 41-47 reveal the great H.A.R.V.E.S.T. in the future. Now, chapter 48-52 reveal the great T.R.I.U.M.P.H. in God, chapter 53-55 reveal God’s great L.O.V.E. in Messiah’s sacrificial death for mankind’s sins, and chapter 56-60 reveal God’s great!

The brief outline of chapter 48:1-52:12: T.R.I.U.M.P.H.

Chapter 48: God would tell (v.6b) and teach (v.17) the stubborn and treacherous Israelites of new things (or hidden things) unknown to them (that is return after exile, vv.14-15,20), materialized later through God’s “chosen ally” (Cyrus king of Persia, v.14).

Chapter 49:1-7: God would restore the Israelites through His servant (Isaiah himself and particularly Messiah in the future) who acts as God’s spokesman (v.2); he displays God’s splendor (v.3) by bringing God’s salvation to the ends of the earth (v.6).

Chapter 49:8-26: God would in His time of His favor (v.8a) gather all the scattered Israelites (vv.12,18,22) back to Jerusalem (vv.16-17), massive number will return (vv.18-20), they are protected (vv.22-23).

Chapter 50:1-11 God wanted to use obedient servant (vv.1b,4-7,9-10)

Chapter 51:1-16: God would make Israelites joyous and glad (vv.3,11) with His everlasting salvation and righteousness (vv.5,6,8).

Chapter 51:17-23: God would punish the Israelites in His wrath (vv.17-20) and the tormentors as well (v.23).

Chapter 52:1-12: God would head the exiles who shall victoriously return (v.23) to Zion from Babylon, through which God would humble all the nations to see His holy arm and mighty salvation (v.10).

The brief outline of chapter 52:13-55:13: L.O.V.E.

Chapter 52:13-15: God would lift up (v.13) His suffering servant (v.14) and through Him miraculously cleanse many nations (v.15).

Chapter 53: God’s servant / Messiah would obey the Lord’s will (v.10b), bear the sin of mankind (vv.5,8,11,12), suffer and die as a guilt offering (vv.1-10,12), justify many (v.11b) and intercede for transgressors (v.12b).

Chapter 54: God in His vast compassion, kindness, and love (vv.7,8,10) would bring the exiles back to the promised land (vv.5b,7b); Israel’s shame and God’s wrath would end; righteousness and peace, victory and glory would take place (vv.13-17).

Chapter 55: God in His everlasting covenant with His people (New Covenant, v.3) would pour out unconditional grace(v.1), mercy and pardon (v.7), joy and peace (v.12) on whoever comes to Him (v.1); God’s thoughts and ways, word and purpose shall prevail (vv.8-9,11).

The brief outline of chapter 56-60: B.L.E.S.S.

Chapter 56: God will bless all who will bind themselves to God (Israelites, foreigners, eunuchs: vv.2,3,6) with everlasting name that will not be cut off (v.5); God’s house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (v.7).

Chapter 57: God laments over the sorcery, adultery, prostitution, rebellion, lies, lust, idolatry, pagan symbols, and sinful greed (vv.3-7,9,13,16) found among His people, but for those who are contrite and lowly in spirit, God would revive (v.15), heal, guide and restore comfort to them (v.18), no matter they are far (the Gentiles) or near (the Israelites) (v.19).

Chapter 58: God wants His people to exercise true fasting which involves life transformation and holy living, deliverance and healing, social justice and concern, more fervent intercession and answered prayer, Sabbath-keeping and joy in God.

Chapter 59: God will save sinners who repent of their sins; His arm is not too short to save, His ear is not too dull to hear (vv.1,20); God wants more intercessors to arise (v.16).

Chapter 60: God shines in His glory upon Jerusalem and draws all nations, all kings to Himself (vv.1-3).

Confession-for what I sin

56:7: For not going to the sanctuary to pray for nations, forgive me O Lord!
58:6-11: For not wholeheartedly practicing the true fasting, forgive me O Lord.

Thanksgiving-for what God does

52:13-53:12: Thank God for sending His SERVANT to suffer for my sins and die to save me! “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities: the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives

54:10: “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

56:7: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

58:10-11: “…(the kind of fasting I have chosen)…then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always…”

60”1: “Arise. Shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you!”

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders

59:16: “God saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene.” I should join Jesus’ interceding ministry at the right hand of my Father God! (Romans 8:34)

Now-action-for what I must do
Truly fast
to please God and to purge evil (58:6-11).
Obey God’s Spirit on me and Word in me (59:21).
Persist in shining for God is my everlasting Light, rid my emotion of self-pity, sorrow and bitterness (60:1-3,19-20)

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do


At 3:41 PM, Blogger Pastor Thomas Lau Sie Ngiu said...

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At 3:43 PM, Blogger Mike said...

very inspiring. I learned a lot from the daily devotion. Thank you

At 11:16 AM, Blogger ibynck said...

God is good all the time. He has taught us to abide in him always so that our lives will be fruitful [in his eyes]. I wonder how many of us at TMC would love to give our all to our one and only LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ???


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