I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been teaching through Isaiah at church. It’s drawing to a close, for which I am joyous, for it’s been a good 8-9 months. But, there’s a bittersweetness to the end as well. There has been a great encouragement and conviction resulting from the study I’ve made. The past few chapters we’ve covered are worth a closer look when you have the chance. Read up on Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 57. Great words of wisdom, artful poetry, and a great message of God’s grace through the son. Read. Meditate. Chew on the words a while. They’re good for you, with a certain bittersweetness to them as well. They too, go well with any home-roasted bean you can find

Solo Deo Gloria,

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2 Responses to Isaiah

  1. Gerald says:

    Those ARE good words to “chew” on! We could spend weeks talking about all the things found in those passages.

    One thing in particular struck me this time, though. I’ve been listening to a recording of some messages Howard Hendricks gave some time ago (before he died, I would think :-). This is the first time I’ve ever heard him speak though I’ve heard of him many times. His topic was suffering which drew me to it because we know two people who are suffering as they live out their final days, yet these two have vastly different attitudes to their suffering.

    Isaiah 57 begins by saying, “The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” and it ends by saying “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest,. . .There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

    These two passages seem to speak to the different attitudes our two acquaintances have, for one is a godly woman in whom we now marvel in her presence at the seeming purity of her soul, the peace she has with God, whereas the other (a non-Christian) is a cantankerous, angry spirit raging at all around him. Such a contrast!

    Verse one also seems to speak of something Hendricks said he was often questioned about–why did the most godly man in Hawaii die so soon after his ministry began, why did a plane crash in Dallas that carried four of its’ most godly men to their deaths, and so on and so on. Why do the godly die before their ministry is complete while the godless continue to live?

    Perhaps part of the answer is here–“that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil”?

  2. javajeb says:

    Good questions. On the final one, I think you have it, at least as Isaiah was relating. The vanity of life, to borrow from Ecclesiastes, raises many questions about purpose, calling, meaning, significance, etc. As for particular cases, I cannot say though, especially when those are doing amazing things for the Kingdom. There, I tend to wonder if it’s not the enemy…

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