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God Waits to be Gracious

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29. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 30

Please be sure to have your Bible open, as we begin, so that you can directly refer to the Scripture throughout our study.

Symptoms of rebellion

This chapter begins with a woe, pronounced against stubborn and rebellious children: “Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord” (v.1). I notice it is translated in my Spanish version, “children who separate themselves” and the Hebrew word can be defined in that way. Here are the definitions: to turn away, be refractory, backsliding, rebellious, revolter, stubborn, to withdraw.

I think, then, that we can judge a separation from God as an important and sure sign that someone has turned rebellious. Therefore, the first error of rebellion is a refusal to walk with God and consists in making a decision to take an independent pathway. Independence sings a sweet song and many are attracted by it, follow it and leave the heavenly highway.

You Turn Things Upside Down!

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28. Un estudio expositivo de Isaías, capítulo 29

Let me summarize five general characteristics that we have come to recognize in studying the book of Isaiah:
1. It is a book of repetition. God knows who He is dealing with… that is, forgetful human beings… and therefore, He goes over the same principles of truth again and again.
2. It is a poetical book, full of symbols, analogies, axioms and even song, appealing to the inner man, as well as the intellect, in order that the truth should penetrate deeper.
3. As in all Scripture, it is a book that reveals the person and character of God. This book has a central theme, which concentrates on the holiness of God. Therefore it promises judgment and retribution to the nations for their sin, and punishment to Israel for its rebellion against Him.
4, It is a book about God’s salvation. In it, God clearly demonstrates his unwavering and undying care for His people. He will defend them against their enemies and bring about their deliverance. Again and again, we also see Him reaching out to His enemies and offering them the opportunity of a future with Him and His people. Ultimately, He promises eternal salvation.
5. It is a book of prophecy. Some of the prophecy will shortly come to pass, especially that regarding Assyria. Others reach forward to the rise and fall of Babylon. There is a wealth of Messianic prophecy pointing to the advent, the birth, the ministry, the purpose, the death and the reign of the Messiah. It prophecies of the mercy of God to the Gentile nations. It points to the Tribulation and often to the Millennium, which follows. And then it takes us on into eternity, telling of the total destruction of the present world and the new heaven and earth.

Falsehood and Farming

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27. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 28

We study together the inspired word of Isaiah, trusting that the Holy Spirit will open our understanding to be able to see the revelation of God Himself. That is our main purpose, as we contemplate these chapters and verses. In the last chapter, I personally rejoiced to read of his double invitation to His enemies to make peace with Him. What does it tell us about His character? He is a God, who passionately loves and reaches out to those who are farthest from Him.

I also was enchanted by a statement that showed His individual attention to each one of His people. It tells me that He is the God of the individual and not simply One, who has a mass project in mind. We also must recognize and accept the truth about this one God being a God of warfare, who brings every enemy into subjection through the sword of His word. There is only one true and living God, He is revealed in His word, and we must completely form our concept of Him by that word. Not only should we accept this revelation, but we ought to rejoice in it, knowing that there is nothing in Him that is not righteous and good.

God’s accurate assessment of man’s condition

Now we turn our attention to the northern kingdom of Israel and its capital city of Samaria. A “woe”, that is, a curse, has been pronounced against it. The fall of the kingdom was an actual event within the period of Isaiah’s ministry, so this prophecy is very near completion. Ephraim is the dominant tribe of the north and we are to understand that it represents the ten tribes that make up this nation. “The proud crown” in verse 1 is the capital city of Samaria. By now we should be familiar with the fact that a city is a representation of the pride of its people.

That Great Harvest Day

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26. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 27

We gather close around the prophet, when he speaks of the people of the Lord. We learn of the relationship with those that He has chosen to be a light to the entire world. Here He comes out of hiding and best reveals Himself. That is what we consider in this chapter.

The time is always important to observe, so that we can have understanding as to the application of the Scripture that we are studying. It is especially evident in this chapter, where “in that day” is mentioned from the first verse, repeated in verse 2, then “in days to come” in verse 6, and again “in that day” in verses 12 and 13.  

We have to look back to see what is meant by that day. It was expressed in a song from the beginning of chapter 26, a future song reserved for that day. This chapter is a continuation of 24, 25 and 26. It describes a time when Jerusalem is at peace and a righteous nation inhabits it. It is a day of growth for that nation, its borders stretching out to embark more territory, and the Lord will be glorified in it. It is a time of national resurrection and it can certainly be concluded that this day takes place in the end of time.

Who Planned This?

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Nothing has to go as planned... Camp director, Ionut Lerca, at Teen Ranch in Lepsa, Romania, has been trying to put a camp together for families who meet annually. He started with plans to get families together in July, then saw that more people would be free in August. Again, it seemed that July would be best after all.