Ever wanted to understand the Bible? Ever tried to let the Bible interpret the Bible? Ever tried to let God’s Word speak for itself? Ever seen someone do that and show how it is done? Ever been to a Bible believing, Bible preaching church where the Word of God is read, spoken, studied, and explained? It is an amazing experience and helps make it more tangible, more understandable, more applicable into everyday life. Ever realized the connections between the Old Testament that foreshadows the coming of Jesus and the New Testament links back to the foundation of God’s Word? Today’s reading comes to use from Isaiah 53…
1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy through Isaiah’s influence on the Christian Scripture. We learn how other than book of Psalms, the book of the Bible most quoted in the New Testament is Isaiah. It points us to the fact that Jesus quotes from Isaiah at least 8 times for varying purposes: to warn people of the coming of God’s judgment as well as to give them comfort and hope of God’s provision. As you probably noticed in today’s reading from Isaiah 53 and as we learn through today’s devotional, Isaiah is written in a poetic style that contains powerful language, allusions, and images. We can learn about many of the central themes of Judaism like social justice, the importance of Jerusalem, and the coming Messiah. Check out this picture from the Global Impact Bible that shows a list of New Testament references right out of the Book of Isaiah. So where are you at today? Are you walking in a relationship with Jesus? I realized when I was about 30 that this was the missing piece of the puzzle for me. Having gone to church with my family. Having gone through the confirmation process. Somehow through it all I missed the memo that it isn’t about routine and rituals but it is about starting and living in relationship with Jesus. Allowing God into your heart and allowing your life to be lead and directed by the voice of the Holy Spirit as our counselor. My life was transformed by this realization. My life when I invited Jesus into my heart and started a living relationship with Him was transformed, the old was gone and the new had come. It opened my eyes to be able to see and go and do things that were so beyond what I could have asked or imagined. It showed me how I could never outgive God as I am blessed with an incredible wife and children. It showed me how I could break free from things in the past that I hadn’t even realized were holding me back till I went to Cleansing Stream where the cause for one of my responses got revealed and the chains were broken through the power of forgiveness. God has been able to show me through forgiveness of others as well as asking for forgiveness myself brings real freedom to be able to live life the way God planned and intended us to. Are you ready and willing to invite Jesus into your heart and your life? Is today Your day of transformation and celebration of coming home? So let’s pray Let’s pray… For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors. –from Isaiah 53
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for Your Word that brings wisdom and revelation that helps me walk out each day. I thank You Lord that Your Word is alive and never returns void but can speak right into my life right here and right now so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.