Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Isaiah 1-4

Day 177  Its a good thing that at least my family is reading along with me....otherwise...not sure I'd keep doing this !!  :)  So mother, daddy and Aunt'd better keep reading! :)  

JJ gets to spend the night with his 8 year old friend Raylee Tarrant tonight.  We've known Raylee forever!  They've begged to play all summer and then they got it in their heads about spending the night.  So, they are picking him up about 6:00 and taking them home with them.  They live out in the country...have a trampoline, 4 wheelers, a creek and cows.  Raylee said for him to be sure to come with clothes that he can get dirty!!  We can do that!!!  

I guess I read these chapters last night.....not sure.....JJ was in our bed while we were  reading....a t10:30!   I had friends stop by on the way from Canada to our Up with people reunion in Tucson.  They got here yesterday about 4:00 and left this morning before 8.  They were driving on. They slept in JJ's bed, so he was in ours.   Hence, not sure what I read last night.   :)  

a little background about the book and prophet Isaiah.  The books of all the prophets (4 major: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel) and 12 minor (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.  The books of the prophets belong to the time of the nation's decline. (Can we get a prophet today!???!)  They are in exile and eventually return to their homeland.  They span, all together, a period of 250-300 years.  Isaiah knew from the outset that his words would fall on deaf ears, but he was called by God.  It is likely that he gathered a group of disciples or fellow-prophets around him who treasured and preserved his words.  

chapter 1: The nation is all but doomed and has practically reached the point of no return.  God's people have rejected Him, breaking the sacred covenant that bound them to him.  God is sickened by their moral degradation.  Yet!!!  God still offers forgiveness and swift and terrible judgment will fall on all who continue to defy him: he will cleanse his people from their sin.

chapter 2-4:  the time is coming!  in these chapters, Isaiah looks forward to a coming time of people when Jerusalem will become the city of God for people of all nations.  Before that, God will execute fierce judgment on all sin and wrongdoing.  Human pride is marked for destruction. Isaiah (like Jesus) sees pride as the root of so much wrong.

tomorrow:  5-8

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