I is for Isaiah

Funny thing about the British is that they pronounce the name “Isaiah” as it’s written in English.  Ai-zai-ah.  Hah!  On we go.

I took the the book of Isaiah in my hands, thumbed around for a psuedo-random page, and then placed my finger down.  I found Isaiah 30:18-33.  My Bible gives it the heading, “The Lord Will Be Gracious.”  Here’s a verse that immediately jumped out:

19- For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more.  He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry.  As soon as he hears it, he answers you.

A people will dwell in Jerusalem.  Notice how it does not say, “your people.”  The coming city of New Jerusalem (Rev 21:2) will include a wide variety of people from different nations and walks of life.  This aligns with Peter’s promise of salvation being a world-wide offer (Acts 10:43) and the mission of Jesus being for the “world” (John 3:16).  God is not necessarily interested in people like you or even known to you, but simply predestined a people of his own choosing in love (Eph 1:3-7).  So Isaiah is intentional in his being vague.

Isaiah also indicates that God’s grace is triggered “at the sound of your cry.”  The Israelites simply cried out at the harshness of slavery and God responds to their call in Ex 2:23-25.  The New Testament records Peter bravely walking out on the water to meet the Lord but when “he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”  This aligns very clearly with Romans 10:13, “For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”  That’s the meat and potatoes message of Scripture.  Ultimately a heap of good works will not save you, just a plea in faith to God (Eph 2:8-9).

And there are so many great verses to break down in this chapter, but I simply only have enough time for the first.  I’ll leave you with v. 27-28.

 

Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar,
burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke;
his lips are full of fury,
and his tongue is like a devouring fire;
his breath is like an overflowing stream
that reaches up to the neck;
to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction,
and to place on the jaws of the peoples a bridle that leads astray.

 

(PS:  I noticed once Jesus reaches down and hoists Peter up, he says “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Notice Peter did cry out even with little faith and this was enough.  So if you have doubts, that’s more than acceptable because even Peter did.  All you need is faith like a mustard seed to have a real, powerful relationship with the Almighty (Luke 17:5-6).)

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One Response to “I is for Isaiah”

  1. Nice to “stumble” across your site using the new “surprise me!” nav buttons they made for us! Keep up the good work, and I hope you’re enjoying the challenge!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

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