Life-giving sight

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;  then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.—Isaiah 35: 5-6 Jesus Christ is the Great Healer. As we have been reading through the Gospels this year, we repeatedly read … More Life-giving sight

Investment advice in the Bible

  Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. —Proverbs 23:23 No matter what the economic forecast, whether times of prosperity or times of recession, the Bible has some great investment advice.   There is a “commodity” which must be acquired, no matter how much it costs in time, effort, pain, hard work….. the TRUTH.  … More Investment advice in the Bible

Anything “added on” or not built upon the foundation is sure to end up in wreckage.

Isaiah 28:16 therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ What is this foundation? 1 Peter 2:6 tells us that the cornerstone is the Messiah, Jesus Christ. … More Anything “added on” or not built upon the foundation is sure to end up in wreckage.

Needed: Watchmen

For thus the Lord said to me:  “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees. When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently.” Then he who saw cried out: “Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post … More Needed: Watchmen

Who gets the credit?

Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. God had commanded His people to not use horses (Deuteronomy 17:16) so they were not used in any battles before the time of Solomon.   However,  Solomon disobeyed; (see 1 Kings 10:29.) Here in Proverbs 21, he acknowledges that no matter how strong … More Who gets the credit?

This is what has happened to those in whom we hoped?

Today we read Isaiah 17-20, more chapters of woe pronounced against nations, all of which are under the  sovereign rule of God.  As the Creator of the universe, the God of Isaiah and Israel is not limited to Israel. He holds all nations accountable for their actions. We also see a reminder here to place … More This is what has happened to those in whom we hoped?

Can you see God in these long passages of Isaiah?

As we approach some days of long readings in Isaiah, let’s pause to understand Isaiah’s purpose in writing.  Isaiah was a well-educated man, married with two sons and called to preach in Jerusalem during the period of 740 BC until after 701 BC.  This was the period after King Uzziah died (ch6) and the succeeding … More Can you see God in these long passages of Isaiah?