Insights on Today's Reading
Isaiah 40* - This is a chapter of God's comfort for His people knowing that one day He will redeem them and rescue them from all their sin and their enemies. It is a chapter announcing the coming of the Messiah and a chapter exclaiming how great our God really is! Not only is He great but His word is eternal, vs. 8. (A great verse to memorize). God is wise and He is strong. Who knows what He knows? How would someone compare God to anyone?! Isaiah ends this chapter with a word of encouragement to all God's people: wait on the Lord and receive strength from Him.
Isaiah 41 - God is greater than any and all idols that men have made and worshiped! God gives His people good reason for not having to be afraid. God holds His own in His hands and He cares for the poor and needy.
Isaiah 42 - This is one of the great chapters of Isaiah that point towards Christ. Verses 3 & 4 are quoted in Matthew 12 showing Christ's gentleness and strength. God also declares that He will not give His glory to any other, verse 8. The Lord is righteous but His people turn a deaf ear to Him.
Isaiah 43 - God will redeem and restore His people. Many have found great comfort in verse 2 and have experienced God's presence in the midst of their troubles. He reminds His people that He is with them, verse 5 and that He has created them for His glory, verse 7. He calls for His people to be His witnesses that He, alone, is God and there is no other Savior, verses 10,11. God promises to blot out the transgressions of His people and not bring them back to memory again, verse 25.
*Chapter 40 has been a "bone of contention" for liberal scholars. They can't see Isaiah having the ability to see into the future and know that Israel would be comforted. They obviously don't believe in the total inspiration of the Word of God and that God can reveal His prophetic plan to His prophets. These liberals have taught that two separate "Isaiah's" wrote this prophecy at two different times and then "someone" joined them together. The Dead Sea Scrolls, found in 1947, show that the Isaiah scroll is one continuous book just as we have it in our Bibles.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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