September 19, 2021

Isaiah 30:12–33:9

God was calling His people to trust in Him, to return to Him, but they refused. We read in:

Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV) “For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’ But you would not.”

How important it is for us to listen to the Lord, to return to Him, to trust in Him. Tragically His people were relying on Egypt (a typology of the world) and not the LORD. They would pay the price for their mistrust.

 The book of Isaiah reminds me of the book of Judges due to the fact that there are these constant cycles. One minute he’s writing about judgment, the next minute he’s writing about mercy. That’s what happens next in Isaiah 30:18-26. God’s discipline would lead to God’s grace and answer to prayer. 

Isaiah 30:19 (NKJV) “For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.”

God would wait for Israel and they would wait on Him (Isaiah 30:18). “Blessed are all those who wait for Him.” Trust Him friend, whatever you’re going through, just wait on Him. If you do, you watch, He will do a new work and you will experience victory in that “situation” you’ve been struggling with.

The Lord will even bless you with the grace to put into practice the things that your Bible teachers share (Isaiah 30:20-21). Idols will fall by the wayside (Isaiah 30:22). What a bright “day” that will be:

Isaiah 30:26 (NKJV) “Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound.”

In Isaiah (30:27-33) we read about the judgment of Assyria. Isaiah spoke of this before it came to pass. 

Isaiah 30:31 (NKJV) “For through the voice of the LORD Assyria will be beaten down, as He strikes with the rod.”

In Isaiah 31 he warns once again about trusting in Egypt.

Isaiah 31:1 (NKJV) “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!”

The day would come when the Egyptians and the Jews would be judged by God. 

I don’t understand why we trust in men, and the puny weapons of this world, when we have God and His omnipotence. It doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to have friends to help, weapons to fight, or medicine to hea, it simply means that we primarily and ultimately look to God. He is able to work through others, and He often does, but our trust is just not there – in “Egypt.”

And again we see how the time would come when God would deliver Judah from Assyria (Isaiah 31:4-9).

Isaiah 32 speaks of God’s reign of righteousness; a warning against complacency; and the peace of God’s reign.

Isaiah 33:1-9 is a prayer of God’s people while in deep distress.

Isaiah 33:2 (NKJV) “O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be our arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.”

Galatians 5:1-12

The enemy was trying to reroute the Galatian Christians away from Jesus, and he’ll try to do the same to us. We must stand firm, hold our ground, cling to Christ, stay right where we are, in a relationship with God based on faith and love – not law and legalism.

Paul issued a heavy, heavy warning to the Galatian Christians, if they bought the lie of the legalists, that Christ wasn’t enough. If they were circumcised, they basically exited Christianity and entered into Judaism, they fell from grace and were now obligated to keep the whole Mosaic law (something that no one can do – Acts 15:10).

They had been doing so well as Christians, they were running the race, but whenever and wherever God does a great work, the enemy will oppose that work vigorously. These lying leaders had leavened the lump. 

We have many cults today and established “religions” who teach salvation by works and faith. These heresies are taught by men who not called by God but sent by Satan. Paul was filled with a righteous indignation towards these false teachers, even wishing that these troublers would “cut themselves off” (mutilation). The Judaizers were teaching that men must be circumcised in order to be saved, so Paul took it a few steps further and expressed his fiery desire that these imposters castrate themselves! (He sounds upset – and rightly so)

Friend, we were saved by faith in Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross. We don’t need to ADD anything to that simple, saving faith in Him. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.

Psalm 63:1-11

This was another one of those times when David’s life was on the line, there were those who were seeking to destroy him (Psalm 63:9). Have you ever been there? Ever had an army hunting you down, seeking to steal, kill, and destroy? Maybe not physically, but definitely spiritually…we’ve all been there. I’m reminded of Jesus’ words of contrast between the Devil and Himself in:

John 10:10 (NKJV) “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

In this war we’re in, we are to fight the good fight with spiritual weapons. David sought God, HIS God, early. David did not look to anything the world had to offer because it was all futile in this fight. David looked to God and even more of God.

David wanted God and worshiped God.

Psalm 63:3 (NKJV) “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.”

 That combination of God’s absolute sovereignty and His perfect love for us all should bring us to a  place of total trust.

We should all cultivate the determination of David:

Psalm 63:8a (NKJV) “My soul follows close behind You.”

We can even praise the Lord in advance for the victory in front of us…and the eventual and inevitable defeat of all our enemies.

Psalm 63:11 (NKJV) “But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.”

Proverbs 23:22

Proverbs 23:22 (NKJV) Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

What a treasure it is to have parents who pray for their children and give them the Word. My encouragement to all those children who’ve been blessed in this way, is to listen to your parents. Not only are they aspiring to plant the truth in your hearts but it comes from a heart of love. As a dad I know, there’s no one who can love you like your parents.

When our parents get older, we should honor them, even more.

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.

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