Insights on Today's Reading
Isaiah 5 - The Lord speaks of Israel as His vineyard (not the same as what Jesus speaks of in John 15.) The Lord planted His vineyard and cared for it, but it grew wild and brought forth wild grapes, verse 2. From verse 8 through 23, God calls out, "Woe" against those in Israel for the wickedness of their lives. At the end of the chapter starting at verse 26, God calls for the nations to advance against the land and bring darkness and sorrow.
Isaiah 6 - Now, here is an experience that nearly every Christian will wish they could enjoy in their worship of our great and awesome God! Isaiah was privileged to view this glorious scene in the Temple as God is worshiped by His angels and the call of "Holy, Holy, Holy!" is echoed through that sanctuary. Isaiah is struck with his own sinfulness in the presence of God's holiness. Yet, God calls for someone to rise up and take the challenge to "go" for the Lord and speak His word. Isaiah himself accepts that call with his immortal words, "Here am I, send me!" verse 8. He is given the challenge to preach God's word to those who will not listen.
Isaiah 7 - A conspiracy between Syria and Israel is formed against Judah. God calls for Isaiah to speak with Ahaz, king of Judah and offer him God's promise to protect him against these enemies. Ahaz didn't really believe God but God gave a great prophecy, nonetheless, in verse 14, that His Messiah, Immanuel, would be born of a virgin. Immanuel means, "God with us" and this signifies God's plan to literally live among His own people. Later in the chapter Judah is warned of a coming invasion from Assyria.
Isaiah 8 - The Assyrian king would destroy the cities of Syria and Israel and thus give the Assyrians a clear path to Judah. God calls for His people to trust Him, wait on Him, and call on Him. But if they didn't, then only hard times would come and the people will curse God instead.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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