October
23
2018

Pastor's Article

I have just finished reading through the book of Isaiah for my morning devotional readings.  Many scholars believe Isaiah is constructed  by three authors in one book.  The writings of Isaiah span the time when the nation of Israel is divided into two kingdoms, the southern kingdom of Jerusalem and the northern kingdom of Israel.  Writings in Isaiah cover the time when both kingdoms will fall to foreign powers and then the people of Israel eventually return to their home-land. Therefore, the glory days of King David and Solomon are long gone during the writings of Isaiah.  The writings of Isaiah describe God’s displeasure with his people, correction of them, but always a word of hope and grace.  Below are two key passages that struck me in my morning readings.  

 

“Therefore, the Lord waits to be gracious to you; therefore, he will rise up to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice…Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.”  Isaiah 30:18, 20

 

I love the genuineness of scripture.  I would encourage you to read all of chapter thirty. God like any loving parent will discipline us or as Isaiah states gives us “the bread of adversity and the water of affliction,” but God always seeks to teach us the better way and teach us as we go through life experiences.  Isaiah offered his people going through difficult times assurance that God would be the “Teacher” they needed.  Some interpretations of this passage would say Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy.  Either interpretation is good news for us.  Don’t miss moments small or large, success or setback for God to teach you something new about yourself and or Him that most of all draws us closer to him and by doing so we have real life.   

 

It’s all About Him

 

Pastor Gu

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