Isaiah

January 12, 2021

Cultivate DT | Day 8

INTRODUCTION

Part 2) Behold: Knowing God | Knowing God leads to rightly relating with Him

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

 Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

Bible Text: Isaiah 40

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

    and cry to her

    that her warfare is ended,

    that her iniquity is pardoned,

    that she has received from the Lord’s hand

    double for all her sins.

3 A voice cries:

  “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;

    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be lifted up,

    and every mountain and hill be made low;

  the uneven ground shall become level,

    and the rough places a plain.

5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,

    and all flesh shall see it together,

    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6 A voice says, “Cry!”

    And I said, “What shall I cry?”

  All flesh is grass,

    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.

7 The grass withers, the flower fades

    when the breath of the Lord blows on it;

    surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers, the flower fades,

    but the word of our God will stand forever.

9 Go on up to a high mountain,

    O Zion, herald of good news;

  lift up your voice with strength,

    O Jerusalem, herald of good news;

    lift it up, fear not;

  say to the cities of Judah,

    “Behold your God!”

10 Behold, the Lord God comes with might,

    and his arm rules for him;

   behold, his reward is with him,

    and his recompense before him.

11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd;

    he will gather the lambs in his arms;

   he will carry them in his bosom,

    and gently lead those that are with young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand

    and marked off the heavens with a span,

    enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure

    and weighed the mountains in scales

    and the hills in a balance?

13 Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,

    or what man shows him his counsel?

14 Whom did he consult,

    and who made him understand?

   Who taught him the path of justice,

    and taught him knowledge,

    and showed him the way of understanding?

15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,

    and are accounted as the dust on the scales;

    behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.

16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,

    nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.

17 All the nations are as nothing before him,

   they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

18 To whom then will you liken God,

    or what likeness compare with him?

19 An idol! A craftsman casts it,

    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold

    and casts for it silver chains.

20 He who is too impoverished for an offering

    chooses wood that will not rot;

    he seeks out a skillful craftsman

    to set up an idol that will not move.

21 Do you not know? Do you not hear?

    Has it not been told you from the beginning?

    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,

    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;

    who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,

    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

23 who brings princes to nothing,

    and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,

    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,

    when he blows on them, and they wither,

    and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

25 To whom then will you compare me,

    that I should be like him? says the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:

    who created these?

   He who brings out their host by number,

    calling them all by name;

   by the greatness of his might

    and because he is strong in power,

    not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,

    and speak, O Israel,

    “My way is hidden from the Lord,

    and my right is disregarded by my God”?

28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?

   The Lord is the everlasting God,

    the Creator of the ends of the earth.

   He does not faint or grow weary;

    his understanding is unsearchable.

29 He gives power to the faint,

    and to him who has no might he increases strength.

30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,

    and young men shall fall exhausted;

31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

   they shall run and not be weary;

   they shall walk and not faint.

Questions

  1. What does this passage reveal about God’s majesty?
  2. Even though God is so majestic, He does not disregard us (vv.11, 27). How does this challenge my view of God?
  3. Why is idolatry (vv.18-20) so foolish in light of who God is?

Please take some time to commit some of the verses from this chapter to memory.

Prayer

 

January 8, 2021

Cultivate DT | Day 6

INTRODUCTION

Part 2) Behold: Knowing God | Knowing God leads to rightly relating with Him

Journal

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.

 Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

Bible Text: Isaiah 6:1-8

1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Context & Commentary

v.3 “‘Holy, holy, holy’ – The threefold repetition intensifies the superlative (cf. Rev. 4:8). Holiness implies absolute moral purity and separateness above the creation.”ESV Study Bible Commentary

Questions

  1. Describe how Isaiah must have felt as he encountered the holiness of God. What thoughts and feelings do I have when I think about God’s holiness?
  2. Reflect on how Isaiah sees himself against the backdrop of God’s holiness. Take some time to honestly assess myself before the holy God.
  3. How have I experienced my guilt being taken away, and my sin atoned for?

Prayer

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