Romans 1:14 and 15

I am obligated both to Greeks, and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.  That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

As Christians we sometimes put ourselves in a place where we have a sort of disdain for the unsaved, reserving our friendship and grace only for our Christian brothers and sisters.   How will we reach those who don’t know Jesus with the Gospel,  if we do not establish some kind of relationship with them.  The Bible says, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  It doesn’t say anything about the spiritual state of the neighbor being a qualification for loving them.

Isaiah 15:1

An oracle concerning Moab:  Ar in Moab is ruined destroyed in a night!  Kir in Moab is ruined, destroyed in a night! 

How quickly the enemies of God will fall.  It can happen overnight, over time, or in an instant.  If we are walking with the Lord, doing life His way, you can be sure that anyone who is against you, is on God’s radar.  We are His children.  The sheep of His pasture.

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Isaiah 14:1

The LORD will have compassion on Jacob, once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land.

The enemies of Israel are going down!  Once again, the mercy of God reveals itself to His beloved people.  He will have compassion on Jacob.  Once again, He will choose Israel.

Who or what are your enemies?  God is for you.  Do you feel like things are out of control and God has forgotten them?  God is for you.  Because of Jesus,  WE are His beloved children {John 1:12).  We are His treasure ( Malachi 3:16 and 17).  Wait for Him.  Trust Him.  God is for you.

Isaiah 13:10, 13

vs. 10 The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.  The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.  vs. 13  Therefore, I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.

In Psalm 147:4, the Scripture says He numbers the stars, and calls them each by name.  Certainly, then, He can tell them to shut off their light.  The Creator of moon, sun and stars has the power to cancel their light-giving abilities.  Isaiah 13 is a prophecy against Babylon’s wealth, power and wickedness, but it is also a declaration of God’s Sovereignty.  The LORD God Creator has authority over all He has created.  He is in control.  He is the Boss.

Isaiah 12

In the gracious way of our God, even a  prophecy of condemnation ends with hope and praise.  There will be a way out for the people who love God, in spite of the circumstances and the sin and destruction around them.  vs. 2 Surely God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid.  The LORD, the LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  Blessed are the people who know and serve such a God as this, who are loved by Him.

Isaiah 11: 3 and 4

and he( the root of Jesse, Jesus, the Christ} will delight in the fear of the LORD.  He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.  Parentheses, mine.  See vs. 1 and 2

He will not judge by what he sees or hears, but he will judge by the perfect qualities of His character.  His judgments will be righteous.  His decisions will be just. Our governing authorities make decisions and judgments based on testimony and facts. How different His reign will be.

Isaiah 10:20

In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.

When the LORD takes out all of those they have put their trust in instead of Him, when all hope is gone, they will return to God; they will rely on Him, the Holy One of Israel.

How many times has this happened to us in our own lives.  The things we have relied upon for wisdom, for provision, for stability are removed.  We then do what we should have done to begin with –   rely on God, do it His way, enjoy His blessing.

Isaiah 9:1 and 2

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.  In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles by the way of the sea, along the Jordan –  the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

Clearly, this is a prophecy of the arrival of Jesus in human history.  In a land that is dark with sin and shadowed by death, the light will come.  His Name is Jesus.  He will cleanse men from sin and raise the shadow of death.  Then, as now, many will see the Light or Jesus, and, sadly turn and embrace the darkness.

Isaiah 8: 12 – 14

Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.  The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary… 

It is only God who is holy and to be feared, yet he has said that he will be a sanctuary.  The One Who controls it all, the Sovereign over all the earth and mankind, He will be our sanctuary.  To know this is a special gift in these troubling times.

Isaiah 7:4,5, 7

Say to him, “Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid.  Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood – because of the fierce anger of Rein and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.  Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin,… vs. 7  Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ” It will not take place, it will not happen.”

Don’t lose your head when people whisper against you, say evil about you to bring you down.  TRUST God, Who is in charge of your life and times.  Remember, Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart.  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)