KG Aug. 21-27

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August 21, Sunday

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Spreading Light — This chapter contains the second of what is known as the Servant Songs of Isaiah, which focus on the promised Messiah (the first one was in Isa. 42:1-9).  One might think at the beginning that the expression, “his servant” (49:5), speaks of Isaiah, until verse 6 says that “my servant” is to be “a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  This was the predicted person and ministry of Jesus.  Paul quoted this verse in Acts 13:47 when the Jews of Antioch (Pisidia) rejected the Gospel message, while the Gentiles accepted it.  (Isaiah 42:6 also calls the Messiah “a light for the nations.”)  The Jews have always tended to resist this worldwide purpose of God to have Him known by all peoples.  Being God’s chosen people had developed in them a selfish prejudice toward Gentiles.  Jesus rebuked that attitude when He drove the merchants out of the temple area that was reserved for Gentiles: “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?” (Mark 11:17).  This universally-broad salvation was also God’s purpose for sending His Son to earth: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son…” (John 3:16).  That widespread message of salvation is still being fulfilled today.

The Light of the World is Jesus – YouTube

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August 22, Monday

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Who Obeys? — The first stanza of this chapter assigns the blame to Israel for their punishment: “…for your iniquities you were sold” (v. 1).  When God called to them, rebelliously, no one answered (v. 2).  The next section (vv. 4-9) is the third of the four Servant Songs in Isaiah that points ahead to the coming Messiah, who in contrast to Israel’s resistance, could say, “The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious” (v. 5).  That was the obedient Servant.  Are we that kind of servant?  When we hear commands in God’s Word, do we respond willingly and obediently, even when there may be negative consequences?  Jesus did: “I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard” (v. 6).  We can also have that courage for obedience because “the Lord GOD helps me” (vv. 7, 9).  He is our “ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1 NIV).  So, God asks us this concluding question: “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant?” (Isa. 50:10).  Jesus was our example, and we follow Him in obedience.

Footsteps of Jesus – YouTube

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August 23, Tuesday

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Righteous Salvation — Three times in this passage, God repeats, “…my righteousness … my salvation” (vv. 5, 6, 8).  The first time, the context is that of judgment (“… my arms will judge the peoples”—v. 5).  Because of their persistent rebellion, Israel had been conquered by Gentiles and handled brutally.  God would rescue them: “My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out” (v. 5).  Even in God’s discipline, He still loves us and only wants to restore to us a life of righteousness.  The second time this phrase is mentioned, it stresses the permanence of God’s salvation: “…but my salvation will be forever … and my righteousness will never be dismayed [will never fail–NIV]” (v. 6b).  Although what we know of the heavens and the earth will have a limited future, God’s salvation will exist for eternity.  In the last place this expression is used, it stresses the eternal nature of righteousness (“…but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation to all generations”—v. 8).  Isn’t it interesting that what is material has a limited lifetime, but immaterial righteousness and salvation will last forever?!  Are we preparing for heaven by concentrating on what is eternal?

Eternity – YouTube

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August 24, Wednesday

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Here I am! — This chapter begins with God’s emphasized call to Israel, “Awake, awake” (v. 1).  They were missing important things that God was doing.  One of the things they were missing was this: “Your God reigns” (v. 7).  God was in control, even during their enslavement in Egypt and their exile to Babylon and other nations (v. 4).  There would be a later time, however, where God’s presence would be even nearer to them: “Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am” (v. 6).  In one way, “that day” has already come for us, the day of the first “return of the LORD to Zion” (v. 8).  Jesus came as the promised Messiah to bring “good news” (v. 7), not only to Israel, but also to the whole world.  Then, we come to the last of the four Servant Songs about the Messiah (Isa. 52:13 — 53:12), where “my servant … shall be high and lifted up” (v. 13).  But the religious leaders of the Jews rejected Him and saw Him “lifted up” on a cross where “his appearance was … marred, beyond human semblance…” (v. 14).  Most Jews today still reject Him, but there will be a later time for them, still in the future, when Jesus will return in clouds of glory, and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him…” (Rev. 1:7), and “every knee shall bow” (Isa. 45:23; cf. Rom. 14:11).  Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus, Return! – Bing Video

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August 25, Thursday

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The Perfect Sacrifice — This is one of the most amazing chapters in the Bible.  Over 700 years before Christ was born, Isaiah predicted the ministry and death of Jesus so clearly that when it is read to some modern Jews, they think it is part of the New Testament.  How can they read this chapter and not admit that they missed the Messiah?!  Next year, when we study “Knowing Jesus,” we will look at this chapter much more closely, considering each stanza separately.  The core of this message is that the Messiah would be the perfect sacrifice for man’s sin.  As God required unblemished animal sacrifices in the Law, so Jesus became the purely innocent, willing, and submissive sacrifice for our sins.  What a Sacrifice!  What a plan!  What a Savior!

Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners! – YouTube

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August 26, Friday

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Corrective Punishment — Go back and read verse 5 again!  It is a stack of descriptions of who God is and what He has done.  He is our Creator (“your Maker”), and His close, caring relationship with us is like being “your husband.”  His widespread rule of everything describes Him as “the LORD of hosts … the Holy One of Israel … [and] the God of the whole earth.”  What He does for His people is to save them (“your Redeemer”).  All of this comes after God punished Israel with the sword of other nations.  It was corrective punishment: “For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you” (v. 7).  God’s promised goodness would be greatly expanded after the coming of the Messiah: “For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations…” (v. 3).  God still “spanks” His people today in order to bring them toward righteous living.  He does it in compassion for our wellbeing.  His way is the best way and He helps us keep on track.

Have Thine Own Way, Lord! – YouTube

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August 27, Saturday

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Purposeful Word — As God’s steadfast love extended to David (vv. 3-4), so would it be applied to His descendent, Jesus the Messiah.  Through Jesus, it extends to us, His followers.  This is a chapter of invitation from God, with the word “come” appearing four times in the first verse.  The proper response to that call is repentance: “…let the wicked forsake his way, and … let him return to the LORD” (v. 7).  God uses His Word in this repentance process as a tool for bringing people to Himself: “…my word … that goes out from my mouth … shall accomplish that which I purpose…” (v. 11).  That is why we need to memorize and use God’s Word in reaching out to friends with the Good News.  It is powerful and purposeful.  I bought a Bible in college and began to read the New Testament every night, underlining things that stood out to me.  A little over one year later, I surrendered my life to Christ.  After I was converted, that same Bible became like a new book to me, being far more meaningful than before.  God’s Word is powerful, and it is His purpose to use it to change lives and bring us to a fuller understanding of One whose ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours (v. 9).

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken – YouTube

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3 thoughts on “KG Aug. 21-27

  1. Thank you for sharing your conversion story. We recently had an experience where a loved one learned of God’s plan for his salvation more perfectly through studying God’s Word. I quoted Isaiah 55:11 to those who witnessed it. Praising God for His powerful Word!

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