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Daily Reflections June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 46 Historically speaking, there are three significant empires that play prominent roles in the book of Isaiah. Understanding the way in which these nations exist in relation to one another and in relation to Israel helps us to understand this book and its imagery. Assyria is the first of the three. She is a mighty, terrorizing force who destroys the Northern Kingdom of Israel and comes all the way to the walls of Jerusalem in the South. Hezekiah, King of the Southern Kingdom of Judah,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 9, 2017

June 09, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 41 Our world is full of things that can terrify us. It is not hard for us to be overwhelmed and feel powerless. There may not be a real threat of physical war like the people of Israel experienced like in this chapter. But many of us, especially as evangelical Christians, can identify with the feeling of being fearful in having this hostile world pressing against us. We will inevitably have this experience if we are true believers. Thankfully, this chapter in Isaiah gives us some...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 7, 2017

June 07, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 39 Today’s text brings us to a tragic turn of events in Hezekiah’s reign. Up until this point, his kingship has been an example of wisdom, humility and prayerfulness. Facing the death threats of a terrifying Assyrian army, rather than surrendering in fear, Hezekiah wisely brought the plight of his people before the Lord. God defeated king Sennacherib and sent an angel to destroy the army camped around the walls of Jerusalem. This same resolution in prayer was on display when Hezekiah...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections June 2, 2017

June 02, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 34 Isaiah 34 is a chapter that many skeptics will use in isolation to say that God is a monster. It is also a chapter that many Christians and pastors skip over so they do not have to wrestle with the hard truths that it unearths. However, in the first verse Isaiah proclaims that all should hear and pay attention. This declaration of judgment ought to be heard, but we should be reminded that this is not the first summons to hear. In chapter 33, the people were told to pay attention to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflection May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 32 One of the things that strikes me as I study God’s Word each day is how often hope and destruction are presented side by side. Take, for example, Isaiah 32. This is the first chapter since Isaiah 28 which has not started with the word “Woe.” The preceding chapters warned of the incoming judgement upon the Southern Kingdom of Israel. Rather than trusting in God, they had placed all their trust in Egypt. Their foolish leaders had turned their hearts from the Lord, and they were about...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 27 It is often helpful when reading the Old Testament to notice repeated words or phrases. In Hebrew, this was often how they indicated transitions of thought and emphasis in theme. For this chapter, the repetition of “in that day” may help to see the main points the author wants to convey. 1.  God will be victorious (vs. 1). God’s fierce, great, powerful sword would battle against the twisting, fleeing, beastly Leviathan. Leviathan was a water-beast that was a symbol of a great...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 25 Chapters 24 to 27 are the resounding climax to the judgement oracles that began in chapter 13. In the earlier oracles, individual nations that existed in Isaiah’s day were listed and their incoming judgement was announced. In chapter 24, there is a strong shift to a final, culminating judgement that will fall on the world. The holiness, the righteous indignation, and the wrath of God are all on full display. One of the key themes we must acknowledge in the judgement oracles is that...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 19-20 Many view the Old Testament, especially the prophetic books, as repetitively bleak. God’s judgment is made clear upon the nations that would turn away from him. But in the midst of this truth in the prophets, there often abides another theme: God’s promised blessing. In the beginning of our passage, Isaiah makes it clear that God would smite Egypt for its idolatry, arrogance, and worldly wisdom. He would crush this superpower socially, economically, and politically. We even read...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 16 Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles that we face as Bible readers is our ignorance of Ancient Middle Eastern history. Today’s text falls in the middle of a long list of oracles against the nations. Isaiah has received revelation from God concerning the future of the political powers of his day. He has been commissioned to proclaim this news but the message is ominous. He proclaims oracles against Babylon, Assyria, the Philistines, Damascus, and Moab, to name only a few. If you read...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Isaiah 10:5-34 Isaiah has spoken about the Assyrian invasions event in chapter 7-8, and now he poetically reveals the deeper reality of the occasion. The commentator Alec Motyer gives a very helpful summary: “…this passage asserts a philosophy of history, how the historical facts arise from hidden supernatural causes, and how the human actors who are the hinges on which history outwardly turns are themselves personal and responsible agents within a sovereignly ordered and exactly tuned moral...Continue Reading