Insights on Today's Reading
Isaiah 28 - Judgment is continually pronounced against Ephraim (another reference to Israel) and this time against its reputation for alcoholic consumption. Isaiah speaks very clearly of the disgusting outcome of their drunkenness. In verse 9 and following the judgment is against Israel's lack of a teachable spirit. The people complained of Isaiah's use of childlike educational techniques, verses 9-13, but they still didn't heed the instruction given to them. A warning is also given to Jerusalem. When people ignore the Lord their lives are full of frustration symbolized by a bed too short to sleep in and blankets too small to give warmth, verse 20.
Isaiah 29 - Isaiah uses the tern "Ariel" to speak of Jerusalem as he prepares Judah of coming discipline. The reason for it is clearly laid out in verse 13, a passage Jesus quoted in the New Testament. God clearly sees the emptiness of Judah's worship for it is merely lip service while their hearts are far from the Lord. But, God will bring blessing after correction as seen in verses 17-24.
Isaiah 30 - Judah is warned not to make an alliance with Egypt, verses 1 and 2, for their help will be fruitless, verse 7. God calls His people to return to the Lord and find confidence and strength, verse 15. God wants to be gracious to His people, verse 18 and following. A word of warning is given against Assyria as well, verse 31.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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