My Latest Daily Devotions : Isaiah

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In Awe

In Awe  Isaiah 53, post # 1 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.  He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:1-4  In May 1995, the Mel Gibson movie Braveheart was released. I didn’t really know the historical aspects or details of the story but the movie trailer was very intriguing to me. I had one problem, though; Leigh doesn’t like movies with warfare and bloodshed, especially hand-to-hand battles that accentuate the blood. So, I went by myself one night and sat in the back row. As I sat down, I had no idea that I was about to watch, in my experience, the most amazing movie ever produced that would have a life-long effect upon my life. 

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A Coincidence?

A Coincidence?  Isaiah 53, post # 2  Here’s some cool Bible Trivia:  The Bible has 66 books  The Old has 39 books and the New has 27 books  Isaiah has 66 chapters  Isaiah has two sections.   The first section of Isaiah, 39 chapters, similar to the Old Testament, it documents the Israelites breaking God’s laws and suffering consequences and judgment  The second section of Isaiah has 27 chapters, begins and ends just like the New Testament and focuses on salvation and the Messiah  The second section of Isaiah begins with the foretelling of John the Baptist and Isaiah ends with the new heaven and new earth. Just the way the New Testament begins and ends.   Even though Isaiah was written 700 years before Christ, Isaiah 53 is written as if its written at the foot of the cross.   Of the entire 66 books of the Bible, the very center of the Bible is Isaiah 53:5  But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him. 53:5. 

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Help Please!

Leigh and I are heading to Cabo today for some R&R! Help Please!  Isaiah 53, post # 3 2000 years ago, there was a man who needed some help reading Isaiah 53. Just like us today!  Our current scenario of considering Isaiah 53 is a little like the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8...except we’re not from Ethiopia and we’re not eunuchs. Besides this small point of distinction, we are in the same situation as him as we sit before Isaiah 53 today.  But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza. So, he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he came to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, ‘Do you understanding what you are reading?’   And he said, ‘How could I unless someone guides me?’ and he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of scripture which he was reading was this:  He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He does not open His mouth. In humiliation His judgment was taken away; who will relate His generation? For His life is removed from the earth. (Isaiah 53:8) 

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Epiphany

Got you to look, now don't miss this post. Please! This is my favorite "I can't believe you did that" picture from our wedding! Epiphany  Isaiah 53, post # 4 I woke up with an epiphany this morning. Clarity and insight ran through my head. It was so enlightening to me that I rose from bed at 4:45am with a sense of excitement. I’ll try to explain it, but epiphanies are difficult to convey at the depth that they are felt by their fortunate recipients. I was a fortunate recipient this morning.  It’s very cool the way the brain works. It’s actually somewhat predictably but we don’t activate it in the way we should. We should be more diligent than anyone to activate our brains because as Christians, we have even greater possibilities with the value of our brains because we have the power of the Holy Spirit’s promises to enlighten our brains not only with earthly insight but spiritual insight as well. 

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