Sunday, 20 January 2013

Isaiah 5-9: General Thoughts

ust read Isaiah 5-10, heres some observations/thoughts. It's a bit lengthy, but hopefully helpful!

Isaiah 5
v1-7 is on the vineyard as a metaphor for Israel. Jesus used the same metaphor and basically repeats these verses in a number of parables (See Matt 21, Luke 13).

"Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter."
This is our society isn't it? We glorify getting drunk and sleeping around. Swearing isn't even noticed, tv shows only get good ratings if they offer betrayal, lust and other sins. The chapter goes on to describe God's wrath against such people. Repent and Believe! Reject God and he will reject you. Turn to him and he offers salvation through Jesus!

Isaiah 6:5
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

We are sinful and need to repent, we need to recognise our sins, and in Jesus there is forgiveness and mercy. Then we need to go and obey God where he sends us.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 8:14-15
He will be a holy place;
    for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
    a trap and a snare.
Many of them will stumble;
    they will fall and be broken,
    they will be snared and captured.”

Jesus written all over these.

Isaiah 7:9b
'If you do not stand firm in your faith,
    you will not stand at all.’

We either serve and have faith in God, or we don't. Theres no middle ground, The devil owns the fence.

Isaiah 9:1-7
Again, all about Jesus

All about God's wrath. He is just and will put an end to sin. Repent and believe! Turn to him!

I've skipped over so much in this - if your stuck for something to read then take a look at Isaiah :)

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