Remember what I said last week about a new format? Yeah, forget all that. Chalk it up to the fact that I had finally reached the point we all do when trying to stay in God’s Word everyday: I wanted to give up. But you all have encouraged me. I got so many messages and notes telling me to keep going that you guys lifted me up when I wanted to quit. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m not crying, you’re crying, STOP IT, and let’s get to work for the love of God!
We started this little gem yesterday. Isaiah is known as the “mini bible” because it has 66 chapters just like the bible has 66 books. Cool, right? It was written during the reign of the following kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. So what that means is Isaiah is giving us more commentary on what was going on during 2 Kings 14: 21—20:20. Remember the bible is one story. The book of Isaiah is like a flash back in a narrative to let us have more information on where Israel was and where they are going in the future. Tuck in folks, because chapters 1-39 of this book is going to cover what the Bible Knowledge Commentary calls the “Retribution of God.” All of the ways that Israel has failed to follow the Mosaic Law are going to be highlighted. In today’s reading specifically, Isaiah writes this as if God is bringing a lawsuit against Israel. It is a terrible and beautiful account of how the Lord will deal with the sin of Israel and how He will also be their comfort. Whenever you read things like, “the Lord will finally cleanse,” or “they will finally be a holy people,” Isaiah is talking about the cleansing that will happen for Israel during the Tribulation. The people that live through this final cleansing will be holy. Until then they are having to live through Exile which is their discipline for not abiding by the Mosaic Covenant. But the Lord will come back to cleanse them because He promised that He would.
2 Corinthians 11: 1-15
Paul is continuing to defend himself from the false teachers that have come in and undermined his authority. You can tell by the arguments he is making what was said about him. The false teachers are telling the Corinthians that Paul and company have robbed them of their offering and used it for themselves. Also, accused Paul of being a wimp only capable of writing strong letters but in person he is weak. Whoa! What I love about reading through this is how Paul defends himself. I can definitely learn something here and I am sure you can too. Paul points to the authenticity of his life as proof that he is following Christ. Shoot! He even says that Satan can be disguise himself to look like Christ, but on the inside, he is still Satan. And that is the point, right? We can’t fake being like Christ or we are no better than Satan. We have to be like Paul and really follow Jesus and let Him transform us by the renewing of our minds. We have to be close to Jesus and do what He tells us to do. That closeness to Christ prevents you from being proud and boasting in your own work. And side note to myself: staying in God’s Word every day is how you are transformed.
Psalm 53: 1-6
Proverbs 22: 28-29