After Isaiah wisely prays in Isaiah 51:9, “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD,” it is very interesting that part of the LORD’s response is for His people to “awake.” He says in Isaiah 52:1, “Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion.” Many times our prayers for God to do something have a response for us to do something also.
Many Jewish people have come to accept Jesus as Messiah, but it is sad that a veil still lies over the eyes of so many when “the LORD has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6).
Isaiah 54:7-8 express the nature of the LORD’s judgment. He hides His face and lets humanity reap the fruit of their own ways. He says, ‘"For a mere moment I have forsaken you, But with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you," Says the LORD, your Redeemer.” His judgment is for a moment, but His kindness and faithfulness is everlasting! In Christ, His kindness shall not depart from us (See Isa. 54:10).
Isaiah prophesies from the LORD what makes a fast “successful” or not. When we fast for our gain holding on to our agenda’s, it does no good. When we fast to humble our self, then He will come, and the promise’s He gives us is great. He says in Isaiah 58:10-11, “If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan