Isa 39 SELF-CONCERN
Monday, December 28, 2020.
“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied: if something was going to affect others but not ourselves then we would be o.k. with that. Hezekiah had no concern for the welfare of his future generation as long as there was peace while he lived. This is the world’s way of living—self-survival. However, God’s way is different. Jesus placed our interests above His own and went to a Cross in our place, imitating for us how to love one another.
For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime:” life is not about self-survival. Jesus said, if one wanted to save his life, he must lose it Mt 16:25. The Christian life is considering others before self—self-sacrifice Lk 18:22; Mk 10:43.
Isa 38 THE PURPOSE OF SUFFERING
Sunday, December 27, 2020.
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish: Hezekiah answers the age old question—why does God allow suffering? He says it was for his benefit that he suffered. Suffering opens our eyes so that we can have compassion for others 2 Co 1:3,4. If we never experienced a cloudy day, we would not appreciate a sunny day.
In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction: Hezekiah was told he was going to die Isa 38:1. When God informs you that you are going to die—that’s a done deal or is it? Hezekiah prayed, relying on God’s mercy and grace to relent and change His mind. Amazingly, God answered Hezekiah’s prayer. What message was God sending the world?
you have put all my sins behind your back: Hezekiah stated that God had placed his sins behind His back meaning God desired none to perish but all to come to know Him 2 Pe 3:9. We are all doomed to perish for all have sinned Ro 3:23 and the wages of sin is death but in God’s mercy, He offered us life Ro 6:23. Hezekiah was sentenced to death, yet God accepted Hezekiah’s prayer for mercy and added fifteen more years to his life Isa 38:5. God, in His mercy, has provided Jesus to pay our penalty and add eternal life for all who acknowledge this wonderful gift. In response, we should share this Good News with all who cross our path.
Isa 37 THE POWER OF PRAYER
Saturday, December 26, 2020.
Isa 37: 15
And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: Hezekiah was fearful of the Assyrians and their threat to destroy Judah, so he did the wisest thing and prayed to the Lord for deliverance. He began his prayer by acknowledging who God was, He was not only Lord of Judah but the Almighty, the most powerful being, God alone over all kingdoms, creator of the universe Isa 37:16. He then asked God to hear his petition and deliver his people demonstrating to the world His supremacy Isa 37:20. This is good advice for us today, to address God with praise and honor before asking our requests.
Isa 36 ENEMY LIES
Friday, December 25, 2020.
Isa 35 THE WAY OF HOLINESS
Thursday, December 24, 2020.
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness: there is only one way to heaven and it is called Jesus Jn 14:6. He is our holiness 1 Co 1:30.
it will be for those who walk on that Way: only for those who totally submit to Jesus’ Lordship Gal 2:20.
The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it: the kingdom of heaven is for new creations only 2 Co 5:17; those that had recognized their sinful condition and turned to Jesus for life 1 Co 6:9,10,11.
Isa 34 GOD’S WRATH
Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies: the nations had treated Israel cruelly and now God was going to administer justice for their wickedness Isa 34:8.
He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter: God wiped out Edom because of her evil deeds Isa 34:5 and now in the last days we will see the entire destruction of wicked nations by the burning up of the earth 2 Pe 3:10. God is a jealous God Ex 34:14 and demands loyalty, but He is also merciful and patient, not wanting any to perish 2 Pe 3:9. However, a time is soon coming when God will fulfill His promise and destroy this present earth. There is urgency for all to take heed and choose to serve the Lord before the door is shut forever Mt 25:10,11,12.
Isa 33 SURE FOUNDATION
Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
He will be the sure foundation for your times: the Jews were fearful of their enemies and Isaiah reminds them that the Lord is the safe and sure foundation to place your trust and hope in. It is the same for us today as we live in a very unsettled time.
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge: our comfort comes from God with the hope discovered in His Word. Salvation and wisdom can be acquired by reading the Scriptures.
the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure: the real treasure is the Lord and fearing Him, who has the power over life and death Mt 10:28 is the key to peace and safety.
Isa 32 JUSTICE FOR THE WICKED
Monday, December 21, 2020.
Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just: God is righteous and loves justice. When the wicked make evil schemes to destroy the poor, He will eventually intercede on the poor’s behalf. Today, we have scoundrels whose goal is to reset the world’s economy and are using the Covid-19 flu as an excuse to shut down small businesses but allow the same type of big businesses to remain open. The mask fraud is quite evident as you need to wear one entering a restaurant but not while eating and football players and coaches can be fined for not wearing a mask on the sidelines but during action with big pile ups or after game greetings no masks are used. Students are kept from in school classes yet there is a 99.9% rate of recovery. These evil workers will be punished by God and righteousness and peace will prevail in eternity Isa 32:17. Come Lord Jesus, come!
Isa 31 TRUST IN GOD
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen: Israel turned to humans for their protection Isa 31:3, upsetting God who wanted them to trust Him.
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord: do we do the same today by relying on money or the government. Our trust must be totally on the Lord for apart from Christ we can do nothing Jn 15:5.
Isa 30 A JUST GOD
Saturday, December 19, 2020.
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you: God desires none to perish and therefore longs to be gracious to all 2 Pe 3:9.
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion: He shows compassion but many of the wicked resist. He sends blessing on the good and the bad Mt 5:45.
the Lord is a God of justice: however, He will not overlook wrongdoing. God will punish those that deserve it Mt 12:36.
Blessed are all who wait for him! Yet, those that wait and trust God, they will receive their reward Col 3:24.
Isa 29 POTTER AND THE CLAY
Friday, December 18, 2020.
You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! The rebellious proud Jew had forgotten that God was his maker and lived as if he was the creator and God was insignificant.
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? By his lifestyle, the Jew disrespected the Lord by living as if he was his own god.
Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”? In the Jews’ arrogance they believed that they knew better than God. Today, are we any different? The world has indignantly changed God’s laws giving credence to abortion, gay marriages, transgender rights, the punishing of Christians while setting criminals free. Upside down for sure!
Isa 28 DISCIPLINE FOR THE SLOW IN HEART
Thursday, December 17, 2020.
Who is it he is trying to teach? Judah had once again turned their backs on God and rejected His counsel.
To whom is he explaining his message? To people that should know better but had been intoxicated and not been able to understand their consequences.
To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? Instead of eating solid food these people still needed milk and had to be taught the elementary truths again Heb 5:11,12,13,14. God would teach them like a toddler but His judgment would be finally administered by a foreign nation Isa 28:11. The Assyrians would defeat Judah and exile the people to a foreign land where they would not understand the Chaldeans language and would relent that they didn’t listen to the prophets when they had the opportunity..
Isa 27 ISRAEL WILL BLOSSOM
Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
In days to come Jacob will take root: in 1948 Israel became a nation again and began to take root Eze 37:14.
Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit: when Christ returns, Israel will repent and turn back to serving Christ Zec 12:10; Ro 11:25,26. In the Millennium rule of Christ, Israel will be the leaders in drawing people to God Zec 8:23. Israel will bear God’s fruit in the Millennium Eze 36:8.
Isa 26 YEARNING FOR GOD
Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you: the night time can be a very lonely time for those who have no one. The Lord says draw near to Me and I will draw near to you Jas 4:8. Even though the Lord doesn’t communicate like people—face to face and audibly, He is real. He tells us that we must worship Him in Spirit and truth Jn 4:24. You can’t see a spirit but you can feel its presence, just as you know the wind is present by the rustling of the leaves Jn 3:8. Truth is found in His Word Jn 17:17. By meditating on the Scriptures Ps 119:15, God’s Holy Spirit will communicate with us but we need to avoid distractions and focus on the words we have read. By praying continually 1 Th 5:17 we will be ready to hear God’s answers.
Isa 25 EXALTING GOD
Monday, December 14, 2020.
Lord, you are my God: every believer acknowledges God’s graciousness to allow such an intimate relationship, where His children may address the Creator of the Universe as “my God.”
I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago: God’s goodness inspires personal praise and exaltation of His character. He has always been faithful to His people even when they have been faithless 2 Ti 2:13. God has given many beautiful gifts. Next to the gift of His Son, He has given us a best friend and lover with the introduction of marriage Gen 2:18 and the ability to produce offspring, made in our own image. Creatively, He has an unique plan for each one of us and has provided us with the necessary talents to accomplish these goals Jer 29:11.
Isa 24 JUSTICE
Sunday, December, 13, 2020.
They will be herded together like prisoners bound in a dungeon; they will be shut up in prison and be punished after many days: with all the corruption that exists in our society today, Christians yearn for God’s justice to be administered. Isaiah prophesied that a future time will come when all evil people will be gathered, shut up and punished. Not just wicked mankind but the rebellious angels that Satan controlled Isa 24:21. We as Christians cry out to God, “come Lord Jesus come,” bring godliness to the earth that You may reign in righteousness and truth.
Isa 23 WAIL TYRE
Saturday, December 12, 2020.
Isa 22 OPEN DOOR
Friday, December 11, 2020.
I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David: God rejected the unfaithful servant Shebna and installed faithful Eliakim to rule His people.
what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open: Eliakim was a picture of Jesus, who would be given the key (authority) to open and shut all doors Rev 3:7. Jesus, in turn granted His disciples the authority to fulfill God’s mission Mt 16:19. We, too have the power and responsibility to further God’s kingdom by sharing the Gospel with all. There is an open door to heaven that we need to promote before it is closed forever Mt 25:10,11,12.
Isa 21 BABYLON FALLS
Thursday, December 10, 2020.
Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen: God prophesied that the Persians would defeat the Babylonians in the days of Isaiah. However, a greater fulfillment would come in the last days Rev 18:2.
All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground: God exhorted His people to come out of Babylon Rev 18:4 for she will finally be destroyed forever Rev 18:21.
Isa 20 DISMAYED
Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame: Israel turned to Cush and Egypt to save them from the Assyrians but God prophesied that these nations would be exiled––led away stripped and barefoot with buttocks bared Isa 20:4. The only One that can deliver Israel is Yahweh, the true God.
Are we putting our trust in something other than God? The government, money, influential friends! Only trust in God will bring success and peace.
Isa 19 BLESSED NATIONS
Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth: In that day refers to Christ’s Millennium rule when Israel, Egypt and Assyria will finally all be allies and not enemies.
25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”: it is only the Lord that can change man’s heart and in the Millennium these enemies of Israel will become a blessing to the entire kingdom. It was impossible for man to bring peace to our world although they tried hard and long, yet, nothing is impossible for God Lk 1:37 KJV.
Isa 18 GOD’S BANNER
Monday, December 7, 2020.
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All you people of the world, you who live on the earth, when a banner is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet sounds, you will hear it: Judah wanted to make a treaty with Cush (Ethiopia) to protect itself from Assyria, as king Sennacherib was about to attack Isa 37:9,10. God raised His banner to let all the nations know that He would defeat Sennacherib and Judah should put their trust in Him, not in human allies.
Today, we need to do the same. It appears that Satan wants a world reset, to bring in the one world government followed by his antichrist. However, we must trust God for it is His will that will prevail. He may extend His grace and grant us a few more years of mercy before ushering in the “Day of the Lord.” Either way, we need to stand firm and trust God as did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Dan 3:16,17,18.
Isa 17 BIRTH PANGS
Sunday, December 6, 2020.
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins: Damascus has been ravaged by war with many fleeing the city. Presently, Iran has moved missiles to this area to be in closer proximity to Israel. With the thought that Joe Biden might be president this has emboldened Iran. However, recently the news reported this: The assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will intensify debate in Tehran over whether to reengage in the nuclear deal with the Biden administration. Yet, God is in control and He may install Donald Trump for a second term. This prophecy states that Damascus will become a heap of ruins with very few survivors Isa 17:6. Time will shortly give us God’s answers and may reveal the soon coming of Christ.
Isa 16 ETERNAL REIGN
Saturday, December 5, 2020.
In love a throne will be established: right from the beginning of the Bible, God prophesied that His Son would save the world from sin and Satan Gen 3:15. He told King David that his seed would rule on the throne forever 2 Sa 7:12,13.
in faithfulness a man will sit on it—one from the house of David—
one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness: God described His Messiah in Isa 9:7 and finally revealed Him as Jesus in Mt 2:1,2. His bride looks forward to Jesus’ Millennial reign Rev 20:6 and then we will worship Jesus forever Rev 22:3.
Isa 15 SHAKEN
Friday, December 4, 2020.
Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba: God will punish Moab causing great distress and mourning.
Every head is shaved and every beard cut off: this is a picture of their disgrace and humiliation.
For many who rebel against God, they haven’t seen His wrath, but when it arrives they are shaken and devastated. Although, this is a painful experience, it can be a great one if we wake up and realize that God is sovereign and holy Mt 5:30. He will punish all sin, yet, is merciful to those who repent and turn to Him for forgiveness. Today, is the day of salvation 2 Co 6:2.
Isa 14 SATAN’S FALL
Thursday, December 3, 2020.
You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations: Satan’s proud spirit led to the rebellion of one third of the angels Rev 12:4. Satan still believes that he can usurp God but in reality his destination will be in the lake of fire Rev 20:10.
Isa 13 WAIL
Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Wail, for the day of the Lord is near: The Lord is holy and demands the same from His people 1 Pe 1:16. His righteous character requires justice and throughout the Bible, He punishes wrongdoing.
it will come like destruction from the Almighty: America has become corrupt beyond understanding. God is about to demonstrate His righteousness in the form of destruction to those who are defiantly disobedient.
Isa 12 WELLS OF SALVATION
Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation: a well in the desert meant life, as man cannot survive more than three days without water. Spiritually, Jesus is our well of salvation Jn 4:14 providing us with spiritual life and refreshing our souls. He brings purpose to meaninglessness, which produces joy in our hearts. Jesus is the only well to eternal life Jn 14:6—one water table but many wells to drink from. Living water that will flow constantly from within us Jn 7:38,39.
We must draw the water, but the Holy Spirit will be our Helper. He is committed to lead us into all truth Jn 16:13 and conform us into the image of Christ Ro 8:29; 2 Co 3:18.
Isa 11 THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
Monday, November 30, 2020.
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain: in the Millennium, when Christ is ruling the curse will be reversed. Animals will no longer kill for food as they will become herbivorous animals, eating only plants Isa 11:7. Infants will not be in any danger when playing around snakes Isa 11:8.
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea: the reason why there is an abundance of harmony is because God’s rules are understood and followed. People live out God’s will to love one another as they love themselves Mk 12:31.
Isa 10 STAND FIRM
Sunday, November 29, 2020.
Woe to those who make unjust laws: Paul tells us that we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world Eph 6:12. Satan wants to destroy God’s Church but God can nullify anything Satan plots.
to those who issue oppressive decrees: Satan may issue Co-Vid bans against the Church gathering together but God in the end will bring justice to His people Isa 10:33. We are to stand firm against the enemy Eph 6:10,11.
Isa 9 JESUS PROPHESIED
Saturday, November 28, 2020.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: In God’s grace He prophesied that the Jewish nation would receive a Son from the line of David which was fulfilled in Mt 2:1,2.
and the government will be on his shoulders: Jesus would rule in the Millennium and forever Lk 1:32,33.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace: the names reflect Jesus’ character and the titles given to Him: He is the wisdom of God 1 Co 1:30 and therefore is truly Wonderful Counselor; He is the Mighty God who created the universe Col 1:16,17; He is the Everlasting Father, the Father of Eternity since He did create everything Jn 1:1,2,3; He is also the Prince of Peace because He will bring everlasting peace to those that belong to Him Lk 2:14.
Isa 8 FEAR OF THE LORD
Friday, November 27, 2020.
The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy: Judah was fearing their enemies and all kinds of conspiracies Isa 8:12 but God reminded them that He is holy, He is the all-powerful one and sovereign over the entire universe.
he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread: Satan and man are not to be feared but God, for He has the power to judge and destroy Mt 10:28.
Presently, many fear the evil and fraud in the US election but God says not to dread any kind of conspiracy but to fear Him, for your future is determined by God not Satan and his minions who are controlling the narrative.
Isa 7 SIGN
Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Judah, including king Ahaz feared the threat from the kings of Israel and Aram, even though Isaiah had prophesied that it would not take place Isa 7:7. Instead of trusting the Lord, Ahaz lost faith in God to deliver them so the Lord told him to ask for a sign Isa 7:10,11. He refused, saying he would not put the Lord to the test but it was because he didn’t believe God. Ahaz would trust in Assyria to deliver his people 2 Ch 28:16.
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel: this was a double fulfillment prophecy. In the near future, a child would be born to a young girl, who would name the child Immanuel meaning “God with us,” to remind the house of David that this sign would prove He would deliver Judah soon (when the baby was a toddler eating curds and honey before he knew right from wrong). But also God was giving the house of David hope for the future when God would give His son to be born of a virgin to deliver His people from their sins.
Isa 6 GOD’S CALLING
Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”: the Lord is always looking for servants to send to do His will and further His program. The Spirit manifests in each believer for the benefit of the entire body 1 Co 12:7 but we must be willing to be used.
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”: this is the response that the Lord is looking for. Soldiers realize that their commitment is to their commanding officer and not to their own interests 2 Ti 2:4. Similarly, we are God’s possession 1 Pe 2:9 and need to be focused on doing His will not our own.
Isa 5 GOOD AND EVIL
Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil: God says that people will call evil good and good evil. Killing a baby is good, as a mother should have the right to her own body, even after the baby is delivered Ex 20:13. Looting is justified because people are angry at our slow moving justice system Ro 13:2. It is good to get rid of society’s enforcement system and replace it with counsellors for man is basically good Ro 3:12.
who put darkness for light and light for darkness: let’s get rid of evil Christianity, because they do not tolerate abortion, gay marriages, transgender rights and child pornography Eph 5:11,12,13.
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter: people that work hard and have become rich need to give their fair share to those of us who have nothing and don’t want to be part of the corrupt capitalism workforce 2 Th 3:10.
Isa 4 BRANCH OF THE LORD
Monday, November 23, 2020.
In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious: the Branch of the Lord represents Jesus who will spring forth from the line of Israel Isa 11:1 to save His people Mt 1:21. In the nation’s present depressing circumstances the prophecy of the Messiah is seen as beautiful and glorious.
and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel: the future coming of Jesus will encourage the people to produce fruit while they wait for their hope to come.
Isa 3 WICKED REPAID
Sunday, November 22, 2020.
Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them: the Bible teaches that all will reap what they sow Gal 6:7. Sometimes God’s judgment isn’t immediate causing the wicked to become emboldened, falsely believing that there won’t be any consequences for their evil actions Ps 10:11.
They will be paid back for what their hands have done: It is only a matter of God’s timing 1 Ti 5:24, but all will be repaid for what evil they have done Ro 2:6.
Isa 2 MILLENNIAL RULE
Saturday, November 21, 2020.
In the last days: when Jesus returns, He will set up His millennial kingdom and establish God’s rule on earth Zech 14:16.
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it: Jesus will install God’s temple and the nations will go up to Jerusalem to worship and if they fail to, God will stop rainfall, causing droughts Zech 14:17.
It is a wonderful gift to know the Lord as your desire is to serve and worship Him because you love Him. However, in the Millennium there will be people who don’t have a relationship with the Lord and will only serve Him for survival reasons.
Isa 1 FORGIVENESS
Friday, November 20, 2020.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord: the Jewish people had been rebellious and sinful, just going through the motions presenting their sacrifices but without any sincere feelings. So, God challenged them to be honest with Him and repent of their sinful ways.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: God’s response to godly sorrow would be to forgive the people of their sins. He was looking into the future when His Son Jesus would be the ultimate sacrifice and take away their sins at the cross.
The rose on the train track is a picture of true salvation where the sinner is willing to die to self and allow Christ to take away his sins and cloth him in His righteousness 2 Co 5:21, then permit Christ to rule his life Gal 2:20.