Monday, November 30, 2015

Isaiah 21

The destruction of Babylon, Edom and Arabia were prophesied by Isaiah, and this could be compared with the destruction of false churches in the book of Revelation. They pretend to be servants of God but actually serving idols and gods for their own gain. Isaiah proclaimed that prophets and believers are watchmen in all places in time of peace and trouble. Revelation proclaimed to come out from Babylon, and from false religion, but rejoice heaven and faithful believers, "for God has avenged you on her" (Rev. 20).  It is our wisdom to improve the present situation while there's still time, and we are urged to do it quickly, for the night is coming when the darkness could prevent us to do it. Our most important job is to share the good news to people, because trouble is imminent and only God can protect us from the coming judgment... Reading: Isaiah 21, God bless.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Isaiah 20

Isaiah's unusual dress by removing sackcloth and go barefoot as he walked in the streets was sign to all people that God was working in their midst. The Egyptians and Ethiopians, enemies of Israelites should be led away captives by the king of Assyria stripped. The Lord is against the disobedient of the Israelites, however, if His people shall be engaged at war, the Lord shall intervene to protect them.  Like the Christians, we may be persecuted  and insulted by the people around us, but Jesus will always be with us and never leave us. Therefore do not be lose hope nor disappointed when trials come, but they should drive us to walk with the Lord closer, and look to Him especially in the moment of necessity. Thank you Lord Jesus that you are with us always... Reading: Isaiah 20, God bless.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Isaiah 19

God shall come into Egypt with His judgments, and shall cause the Egyptians to fight among themselves. He shall judge their sun worship and idolatrous practices, and evil leaders shall rule them. In ancient time, Egypt was known for wisdom and science, yet the Lord would give them up to their own perverse schemes, till their land become an object of contempt and pity. But God has a good news for the Egyptians, because He will forgive their sins, and sanctuary for the Lord shall be constructed in the land. When Joseph and Mary escaped the sword of Herod, they went to Egypt, with the Savior and the Mighty One, Jesus Christ (v20). Today, the Coptic Church has more than 10 million Egyptian members who worshipped the God of Abraham. Another good news is that, there will be true peace between Israel, Egypt and Assyria (v23). The Assyria had been divided in five nations; Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Persia and Iraq. This peace treaty shall be performed by the Lord Himself... Reading: Isaiah 19, God bless.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Isaiah 18

God is also concerned to a nation called Ethiopia, and all other nations in the world, like America. All the dwellers on the earth must watch the motions of the Divine Providence, and wait upon the directions of the Divine perfect will. God is willing to give us rest, and assurance of His protection like a clear heat in sunshine, and cloud of dew in the heat of the harvest (v4). A present or gift of praise and thanksgiving should be brought to God for everything He has done to us (v7). As we celebrate Thanksgiving today, let us remember the happy days that God wrought upon us, and the day when He allowed us to be born in the eternal kingdom of God. Happy are those who take pleasure in serving His holiness, and faithfully waiting upon His return. May the Lord give us more joy, pleasant life, contentment, and may He bless each one of us, even our families and community today and for ever... Reading: Isaiah 18, God bless.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Isaiah 17

Like other idolatrous nations, Syria will be destroyed and ceased from being a city. Those who are partakers in sins will also be made partakers in destructions. But mercy and favor are reserved in the midst of judgment for a remnant who are afraid of God. These few people shall receive salvation to return to God, and they shall acknowledge Him as their Maker. They shall look no more to their idols, the works of their hands. Those who acknowledge God as their Savior, and rely on His power and grace will be happy and blessed. Our trials and troubles will be short and temporary, but the prosperity of God's enemies will also be short and temporary.... Reading: Isaiah 17, God bless.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Isaiah 16

God informed the leaders of Moab to to send the lamb, or tribute to the land of Judah, mount Zion, in order to prevent destruction of their own land. If they would submit to the power of the king of Judah, they will be protected, if they will repent from their sins and idolatrous practices, they will be forgiven. "Be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler for the extortioner is at the end" (v4). This is a good advice from Isaiah with spiritual meaning to all people. When we come to God, to the One who sits in the tabernacle of David, and submit to Christ's authority, we are safe and protected. Otherwise, like Moab, we will be like birds wander from nest to nest, which can be snatched as victims any moment by the enemies. Moab was very proud (v6), and many people are ruined by pride than any other sin whatsoever. However, by subjecting our lives to Christ, we may enjoy His protections, free from fear, and have peace of conscience... Reading: Isaiah 16, God bless.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Isaiah 15

In the previous chapter, Isaiah proclaimed God's judgment against Babylon, Assyria and Philistia; this time, Moab. Their cities should be surprised by their enemies, and the people would cry out and wail because of destruction, flood of blood and killing. Their countries should be plundered and famine spread everywhere in the land. In the heart of Isaiah, though they were enemies of God's people, yet as fellow-human being, their calamities should cause grief in their hearts to see such calamities. This is the difference of God's people compare with their surrounding. The nonbelievers rejoiced for our destruction, while the people of God grieved and mourned for their destruction. God is reigning over all the earth, let us continue to pray that more people will realize that they need God, and they may seek and find forgiveness of their sins... Reading Isaiah 15, God bless.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Isaiah 14

The prophet Isaiah compared the life in Babylon to hell, where the king oppressed its citizens, ruling with wrath and anger. The king resembled one spiritual being named Lucifer who was fallen from heaven, being judged and cut down to the ground by God. Because of his own lust and passion for power, Lucifer had desired to exalt himself above the stars of God, to sit at God's throne, and to be like the Most High. But God who is omnipotent and omniscient, had already seen what was in the heart of Lucifer. Indeed, nothing can be hidden from the eyes of the Lord! Isaiah wanted to warn those who would desired to exalt oneself, leader or citizen alike, that they will suffer the same fate as Lucifer, being brought down to the lowest of the Pit (v15). Since God is God and everything in the universe were crated by Him, no one can stop Him in all of His plans. "As I have purposed, so it shall stand" (v24). If we believe that we have been called by God to His purpose, let us follow His plans and live according to His perfect will... Reading: Isaiah 14, God bless.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Isaiah 13

Babylon was the most powerful nation at the time, but they were cruel and merciless people. Yet the Lord called it the mighty ones because they had their strength from God, and they were used as weapons of indignation to destroy the wickedness of the people of the land of Judah (v5). However the Babylonians had abused their power and became proud. God had no choice but to counter their wickedness by using another world power, this time the Medes (v17). Babylon will collapse and never again a commercial center and superpower of the world. Today, Iraq (the modern Babylon) is just an ordinary but chaotic nation in the Middle East. Lesson: God gives the grace, skills, talents, wisdom and power, but when we abuse it and didn't use for the glory of God, we shall pay the consequence of it... Reading: Isaiah 13, God bless.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Isaiah 12

This chapter is a psalm of praise for what the Lord has done in our lives. The promises contained in it are very rich and the benefits can be enjoyed through faith in Christ Jesus. God has forgiven us and taught us to renounce evil ways including immorality, dishonesty, self-righteousness and idolatrous practices. By singing and praising His name, God is the the strength of our lives so that we can stand firm to face trials and challenges. This salvation is from the love of God the Father, flowing through His only Son, and it is applied by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. The enabling and purifying influences of the Word of God allowed us to bring the everlasting gospel to all parts of the world, that they may know that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior reigning overall the earth. Let's cry our to God for the salvation of the people around us... Reading: Isaiah 12, God bless.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Isaiah 11

The Savior shall be called a Rod from the Stem and a Root of Jesse, signifying tenderness, a shoot that will grow gloriously. He is not only the Son of David (Branch), but also the Lord of David (Root). The Spirit of God shall rest upon Him (v2). This prophecy was fulfilled after the baptism of Jesus when "the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him" (Matt. 3:16). The Savior-Messiah will be just and righteous in all His dealings. He shall take care of His flock, and they shall be delivered not only from evil, from the fear of it. When the gospel preached publicly, and later to the four corners of the earth, the Gentiles sought Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, and indeed they find rest of their soul (v10). Jesus is the only hope of this chaotic world. Let us continue to worship Him and wait for His grace and mercy, looking to Him to prepare our way that will separate us from this world to eternity... Reading: Isaiah 11, God bless.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Isaiah 10

God saw the injustices and wickedness of the leaders and those who are in a government positions. Those who advocate unlawful decree and promote unrighteousness, calling evil good and good evil, were not hidden from the eyes of the Lord. As the Lord used the more wicked nations like Assyria to punish the northern kingdom of Israel (722 BC) and Babylon for Judah (586 BC), God can also use other more wicked nations like ISIS to punish the apostate Christian nations and backsliding people in our time to ignite awareness that Jesus Christ is reigning over all the earth. The Lord wants the remnant to return to Him (v20), and be subjected to His word and plan in this world. God is sending a message to all people in the world that now is the time to return to the old paths of righteousness and stop emulating the people of the world in vanities. Let us not worry on what is going on in this world now, but let us be worried in our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ... Reading: Isaiah 10, God bless.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Isaiah 9

This prophecy of the Child to be born is the Son of God (v9), came in the flesh for the benefit of the fallen humanity. He is Wonderful because His love is the wonder of all the redeemed. He is the Prince of Peace of our hearts, and the everlasting Father who will guide His children into eternity. There is no end to the expansion of His government and power, and by His grace we shall be upon His shoulder. Not only in Galilee but also in the entire world that those who dwell in darkness shall see great light and receive the Spirit of understanding (v2). Yet many will reject Him, and the leaders shall misled the people because they are living in hypocrisy, double standard. Today we can see that wickedness is universal, and the people around us are infected by it. Only Jesus, Immanuel, is the cure to this worldwide illness...  Reading: Isaiah 9, God bless.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Isaiah 8

Isaiah spoke about the enemies of the people of God, and he challenged them that their efforts would be in vain and themselves shall be broken to pieces (v9). If God is for us, and if Immanuel is in us, no enemy can destroy our connection with the Living God, nor deprive our eternal inheritance. But Isaiah also challenged his people that the Lord will be a Sanctuary to those who trust in Him, but will be a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense to those who put their trust in hand-made idols. Today, the crucified Messiah became a stumbling block to unbelieving Jews and Gentiles (1 Cor 1:23). The message of the cross is foolishness to them, and His gospel offends their belief. The prophet foresaw that the Lord would hide His face (v17), because many people will seek mediums and wizard. (v19.) But, if we will seek God with all our hearts, and go deeper in understanding His Words, surely God will reveal Himself to us... Reading: Isaiah 8, God bless.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Isaiah 7

Judah was in trouble, for the enemies, Pekah and Rezin had plotted evil things against them.  King Ahaz and the entire land were afraid to hear the bad news. God in His sovereignty spoke through Isaiah, that they should not fear but trust in the Lord. The prophecy of virgin birth was given as God's sign of protection against the invading enemies. The Son to be born shall be called Immanuel, and he shall know to refuse evil but obey God's purpose. Jesus came into our lives to teach us to refuse the  call of the world but embrace God's perfect will. We may have trials and difficulties, ups and downs, but the promise of Jesus that He will be with us until the age of the age will always be true and eternal, Immanuel, God with us. Like Isaiah, let us learn to listen to God, understand His message, share it with others, and be a messenger of God's blessings to others... Reading: Isaiah 7, God bless.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Isaiah 6

The Lord opened the spiritual eyes of Isaiah to see God sitting at His throne of grace, and above it stood the seraphim, literally means "burners." John 12:41 said that the One seated on that throne was the pre-incarnate Christ, the Savior of the world. This vision overwhelmed the prophet, and instantly saw his own filthiness and disgrace in the holy presence of God. God cleansed first the unclean lips of Isaiah, forgave his sins (v7) so that he can be effective in the ministry. Taking away sin is necessary for evangelism, so that the fruit is not based on our efforts, but the power of the Holy Spirit. God sent Isaiah to tell the coming judgment to the people. Yet God would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, a holy people for God. Today, we belong to that remnant, but let us be obedient to the plan of God before the imminent and dreadful judgment of the Lord... Reading: Isaiah 6, God bless.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Isaiah 5

God spoke of a parable to the ancient Israelites about the vineyard. He planted it with the choicest vines, in a very fruitful land, and gave them the most excellent tower and protection. Literally this is the Law of Moises, the temple, the altar, the animal sacrifices, and the Spirit of God that will be with them. So God expects fruits from them for enjoying His privileges, but unfortunately, the vineyard brought forth bad fruits or wild grapes (v2). Wild grapes are the fruits of the corrupt nature, crooked character and attitude. Instead of grapes of justice and righteousness, God saw  oppression and selfishness. Then God declares the woes and judgment, that He will destroy the vineyard. In our Christians living, sin weakens our strength. When God's word is despised and His law ignored, what we can expect from Him is nothing but warning, and soon judgment. Therefore, let us continually seek the well-grounded assurance that God is the strength of our hearts forever... Reading: Isaiah 5, God bless.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Isaiah 4

The Branch of the Lord is the Son of David, the Messiah, who shall be beautiful and glorious, planted by God's power and flourishing in the entire world.  The earth shall see the excellent fruits of the Branch after His followers had been forgiven, and washed from their filthiness. They shall be called holy people, separated from the world, and willing to learn and obey God's perfect will. The followers of the Branch of the Lord shall be covered by the cloud at day time and flaming fire at night as protection against heat and storm. This prophetic utterances had been realized in time of Jesus of Nazareth (Nazareth is Hebrew word for Branch). The message of Jesus' gospel is the grace in our souls that transformed our inner being from filthiness to holiness that will shine in this world to the glory of the Father... Reading: Isaiah 4, God bless.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Isaiah 3

God was about to judge the land of Judah because of the wickedness of the people. They were rebellious against the law; their tongue and their doings are against the Lord to provoke Him to anger (v8). They were not ashamed of their wicked sins to hide it. Though there was a national prosperity, yet the prophet proclaimed that the Lord would bring them to poverty. That's why Jesus said that life  does not consist in an abundance of possessions. And because secular and religious leaders were wicked men, so God will raise up children to rule over them (v4), and women too (v12). It was a time  for the Lord to show His might. Let them know that He notices the foolishness, vanities, their hearts' desire, even of their dress. Nothing can be hidden from His eyes. Today, many think that there is no harm in worldly finery, but be sure that it would not affect your relationship with the Lord... Reading: Isaiah 3, God bless.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Isaiah 2

The Day of the Lord is the theme of second chapter; horrible to nonbelievers but redemption to God's people. God will be exalted above all the earth, and His mountain or throne shall be established over all the nations. All eastern ways and superstitions shall be destroyed, including idols, horses (weapons for wars) and evil plans of lofty and arrogant men and women. Rich and poor, men and women, young and old, lazy and complacent 'Christians' including the hypocrites and religious people will be exposed in the light of the gospel, and they shall be afraid of the terror of God. Finally, many people shall humble themselves before the Almighty God, and they shall desire to come to the house of Jacob to learn the ways the Lord. Jesus will finally reign in this planet as the King of kings and the Lord of lords literally. Today let us be excited on the the day of the Lord, putting our full confidence to the finished works at the Cross... Reading: Isaiah 2, God bless.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Isaiah 1

The name of Isaiah signifies "The salvation of the Lord." Isaiah spoke about the total depravity of human nature. Animals can recognize their master, but God's people could not. Men are compared to sick and diseased body, that from the sole of the foot to the top of the head, there is no soundness, no good principle inside of them. Without obedience to the word of God, our religiosity and all types of offerings and sacrifices are nothing but hateful to God. Yet despite men's sinfulness, God wanted to invite people to sit down with Him and reason together. Isaiah declares that God's Hand is open for forgiveness and reconciliation. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (v18). Isaiah tells that there is not such thing as holy city if God is not there, nor holy place, nor holy land. We must be sure always that the presence of Jesus is in our church, homes, and hearts... Reading: Isaiah 1, God bless.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Song of Solomon 8

The Shulamite's wishes for a brother had been realized when God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, not only to be the Savior of the world but a Brother to all believers as well. Wherever we find Him, let us be ready for our relation with Him and to show affection to the Beloved of our souls. Our prayers should be like hers, "Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arms" (v6). May God's favor be shown toward us and our service to Him be acceptable and approved. Those who really love Christ has the fear of coming short of His love, and every temptation to forsake Him will be most dreadful thing to do. But glory to God because the love of Christ will enable of us to triumph in over temptations and from the smiles of the world. As we close this book, think about the love story of Christ and the Church where love and  distress can be felt. We are part of this love story, so let's be faithful to Him to be able to look forward to death and judgment without fear because of Christ's love... Reading: Song of Solomon 8, God bless.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Song of Solomon 7

The descriptions of the Beloved's lover (vv1-9) refer to the true and faithful people of God and followers of Christ. God honors them and they have been distinguished from others because of their glorious clothing, the garments of praise. The fruits of their lips that give thanks to His name has caused the King to admire them graciously. They are clean and pure because of the blood of the Lamb that washes all uncleanness and filthy things. Consistent believers honor Christ, recommend the good news, and convince and awaken sinners. They are willing to go to the fields and villages to declare and celebrate the triumph of the King (v10). Fellowship with Christ and receiving His spirit, the breath of Christ, is what all believers yearn for as they fulfill the task and bless His holy name... Reading: Song of Solomon 7, God bless.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Song of Solomon 6

When the Christians begin to focus on other things other than Christ, they are moving slowly away from His presence. The Shulamite said, "My beloved has gone to his garden.. to feed the flocks in the garden, and to gather lilies" (v2).  Christ's garden is the church, separated from the world. He takes care of it, feeds the sheep, delights in it, and visits it regularly. Christ expects that 'flowers of lilies' and fruits (of the Spirit) shall be found in His special garden. It is Christ who planted the garden and it is He who will sustain and cause it to flourish forever, because only true believers can posses the beauty of holiness. "Return, return that we may look upon you" (13). It means Christ and His faithful followers are inviting either the lost or backsliders to come back to the garden to restore fellowship with them. God loves the believers that they may be with Him forever... Reading: Song of Solomon 6, God bless.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Song of Solomon 5

When the Holy Spirit knocks at the door of our hearts, it means we are unmindful of what is going on in our surroundings. He is awakening us from complacency or deep sleep. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ, but giving more emphasis to the cares of this world, or making excuses about many personal things. In this chapter the Shulamite can't find her Beloved because he withdrew and hid his presence (v6), and later she was being wounded by the people of the world. The awakened soul goes in pursuit oh Christ by prayer, fasting, meditation, and fellowship with Him and His friends, the bride of Christ. The awakened souls are very sensitive to Christ's presence, and can do great things to make Him known to others. As we meditate His words today, may His love constrain us to live to his glory.... Reading: Song of Solomon 5, God bless.