Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10 – Isaiah 5-8

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Isaiah 5-8. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.

Our reading today is incredibly rich. It contained a beautiful allegory comparing God’s love and care for the nations of Israel and Judah to a vineyard. We even got to experience the proclamation of hope coming to earth through the virgin Birth. Isn't it exciting to see God laying the foundation for the coming Messiah, our savior Jesus Christ?

One of my favorite excerpts from our reading today deals with Isaiah’s call. Isaiah is called by God and he gets this amazing glimpse of God on his throne in heaven. He sees and hears the seraphim worshiping God. As their voices shake the Temple Isaiah has this realization … “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”  (Isaiah 6:5 NLT). WOW! Do Isaiah’s words resonate with you? Do you feel like him? Do you fill like you are sinful, like you have filthy lips, you say things you know do not honor God, you speak words that tear down others instead of uplift others, and do you realize the world around you is full of filthy lips and lives and actions?

We are incredibly like Isaiah. Isaiah gets a glimpse of God. As followers of Christ, as Christians, we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That means God is within you. Not only do you have the promise of spending eternity in front of the throne of God that Isaiah was able to gaze upon, God has taken up residence within you! Now by seeing Isaiah’s reaction, and by knowing what you do about God’s residence, does that change your actions here in this life? I hope it does. 

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