Scripture reading for August 17th: Isaiah 66, Jeremiah 1-4
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 66:22-24 “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before Me,” says the Lord. And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against Me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”
Isaiah ends his book with God’s promise of the new heavens and the new earth that would endure for ever and ever. It would be the abode of all of God’s redeemed people. Every month and every week, all mankind would come and bow before their Creator and Redeemer in worship and adoration. The redeemed would also look upon those who had died in sin and rebellion against God. Their bodies would be under eternal attack from worms and unquenchable fire! The Lake of Fire is real!
Thankful for escape: “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is the second death.” (Revelation 20:12-14)
Scripture reading for August 16th: Isaiah 62-65
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 65:17-19 “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in My people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.”
Isaiah wrote what God revealed about the future of the earth. God would create a new heaven and new earth and what was before would not come to mind again! He was also recreating Jerusalem–the New Jerusalem–to be the joy and delight of the people of God–forever! There would be joy there and no crying or weeping ever heard again! God would take delight in His people and their eternal abode!
Rejoicing over Jerusalem: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling place of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be there God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)
Scripture reading for August 15th: Isaiah 57-61
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and to provide for those who grieve in Zion–. . “
Jesus Christ quoted this passage from Isaiah when he began His preaching ministry in His home town. He was asked to read before those gathered in the synagogue and He chose this passage to announce His ministry. He was filled with God’s Spirit and anointed to preach good news. He would bind up those who had broken hearts and proclaim freedom to those in prison in the darkness of sin. He would proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. This is where He stopped with the reading!
Thankful for the anointing: “The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”” (Luke 4:17-19)
Scripture reading for August 14th: Isaiah 52-56
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted. But 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. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Seven hundred years before Jesus Christ came to earth, Isaiah recorded this prophetic message from the heart of our compassionate Father God. The Servant Son of God would come to earth. He would be rejected by men–even those of God’s people. He would take up the sins, sorrows and infirmities of those who had rejected Him and bear their punishment through crushing wounds and cruel punishment. These wounds would bring about healing for all who would believe!
Thankful for the ultimate Savior: “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (Matthew 8:16-17)
Scripture reading for August 11th: Isaiah 47-51
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 49:5-7 “And now the Lord says–He who formed Me in the womb to be His Servant to bring Jacob back to Him and gather Israel to Himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and My God has been My strength–He says: “It is too small a thing for You to be My Servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make You a light for the Gentiles, that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Isaiah wrote down a conversation between the Lord God and His Servant Son detailing the Servant’s mission and calling. This Servant was formed in the womb to bring Jacob and Israel back to God. And if that was too small a thing, This Servant would also be a light to the Gentiles that He might bring salvation to the ends of the earth! What a grand vision our loving Father and His Servant Son, Jesus Christ have laid out!
Thankful for grand vision: “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'” When the Gentiles hear this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.” (Acts 13:47-49) (Isaiah 49:7)
Scripture reading for August 10th: Isaiah 43-46
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 45:22-24 “”Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn, My mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before Me every knee will bow; by Me ever tongue will swear. They will say of Me, ‘In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.'”
God proclaimed through Isaiah His prophet that He alone was God and His word was true. He was the only God who knew the future and spoke truth. He spoke that He alone was the source of salvation for all the ‘ends of the earth’. He proclaimed that one day, every knee would bow and every tongue would confess His righteousness and strength!
Rejoice in our Savior: “Therefore God exalted Him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Scripture reading for August 9th: Isaiah 38-42
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 40:25-26 “”To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?”. says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”
Isaiah quoted God’s question for His people: “To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?” Of course, we merely need to look at creation and remember who created it all–with His word out of nothing! The stars, for example, are more numerous than grains of sand on an ocean beach, yet God names each one and all answer to Him for their existence! What a marvelous God we serve–without equal!
An Amazing God: “”Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? “Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?” For from Him and Through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:34-36, Isaiah 40:13-14)
Scripture reading for August 8th: Isaiah 34-37
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 35:8-10 “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Isaiah saw a highway in the wilderness with a signpost: “Way of Holiness”! He noticed that only the redeemed could walk there as they journeyed to Zion with songs of joy and rejoicing in their hearts and on their lips. The unclean would not have access nor would the wicked or any of the ferocious beasts. As they journeyed towards their heavenly city, joy would overtake them and crown their heads–forever!
Rejoicing in complete joy: “If you obey my commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:10-11)
Scripture reading for August 7th: Isaiah 29-33
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 33:20-22 “Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken. There the Lord will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them. For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; it is He who will save us.”
God called His people to look upon Mount Zion, Jerusalem the peaceful city. It was likened to a tent that would never be moved. It would be like a place of broad rivers and streams, although no natural river was there. The River there would would flow from the throne of God and bring life and peace to all the inhabitants! God would be Judge, Lawgiver, and King! This last verse inspired the writers of our constitution to create three branches of government–judicial, legislative and executive.
Rejoice in our King’s rule: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face and His name will be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:1-4)
Scripture reading for August 4th: Isaiah 25-28
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 25:7-9 “On this mountain He will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth. The Lord Has spoken. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him and He saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
Isaiah’s awesome prophesy about our Lord swallowing up death forever has been fulfilled by the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! We now have the tears and disgrace of death because of our sins wiped away. This is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ! Those who trust in Him know for sure that they are God’s children and rejoice in His salvation!
Rejoice in victory over death: “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. . . . When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (1st Corinthians 15:51-52, 54)