Contributed on Jun 1, 2010
Isaiah receives a vision of the sacred Temple and blazing holiness of God and is forever changed and fully equipped to stand his ground.
The year Israel’s king died, Isaiah received a vision of the undying King of kings. Uzziah had reigned for 52 years, and his rule brought prosperity and national security. Uzziah’s death spelled the end of an era; his death weakened the nation, but the greatest King remained seated ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2013
We can be set adrift amid a sea of relativism by our own choice, or be anchored in the Truth. God will be for us either a stepping stone or stumbling block...either our hiding place or a bolder blocking our way.
Where do you get your news? From TV, radio, newspapers, the internet, your telephone? Where do you get truth? According to Isaiah, a lot of people would rather believe fanciful theories than facts. More and more people make their own truth. Isaiah cautions us not to believe everything we hear; ...read more
Contributed on Aug 18, 2013
Outline: Purchased consolation, vss 1-2 Coming consolation, vss 3-5 A Word of consolation, vss 6-9 Our Consoler, vss 10-11
Most people in Israel weren’t especially thrilled when a prophet showed up. That usually meant some bad news, a critique, and harsh warnings of impending judgment. In fact, the previous 39 chapters of Isaiah were just that. But here in chapter 40, things change; the welcome news is of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2013
God transcends words. He is beyond language. We cannot reduce Him to our experience. God is unique and different from anything in this world. He is massive, boundless, beyond all imagining. God is His own category.
I’d like to explain to you Who God is…but I can’t. Isaiah speaks of God as so massive, so far above us, that we can barely take in who He is. God surpasses human comprehension. Some people think they can put God “in a box”; that is, have Him fully figured out. How ...read more
Contributed on Sep 1, 2013
We need reminders to wait on God, to hope in Him. When we do, our strength will be renewed. By our own resources we will never achieve satisfaction or serenity. Trust in God produces confident expectations and a meaningful life.
In a Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown has a moment of reflection after losing a baseball game: “When I am down and out, I lift up my head and shout, ‘I’M DOWN AND OUT’!” People without God, who see life as a cosmic accident, have no Higher Power when life hurts. W ...read more