We often overlook the shepherds’ response. After the angels depart, the shepherds say to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” The shepherds don’t doubt the good news, and they act immediately.
When we hear […]
Read Isaiah 61-63.
The Lord’s Spirit “anointed Isaiah to preach GOOD NEWS.” This GOOD NEWS is then explained as promises given for those who “grieve in Zion”. God’s reward is an everlasting covenant for His own. Isaiah praises God for clothing him with “robes of righteousness” and looks forward to “righteousness and praise springing up […]
Read Isaiah 58-60.
One night at dinnertime, our then four-year-old son, Greg, announced that he would not eat his dinner because he wanted to give it to the malnourished boy pictured in a CRWRC calendar. I responded that we could not get his dinner to that boy, but that we could give money to […]
Read Isaiah 55-57.
Chapter 55 contains some wonderful, familiar, comforting verses (1-3, 6-9). It is the final chapter to the second main section of the book of Isaiah. Chapters 1-39 focused on God’s judgment and Judah’s exile in Babylon. The main focus of chapters 40-55 was on God’s deliverance and Judah’s joyful return home. […]
Second, God recognizes the tenacity of human sin, in particular sin's blindness to the reality and work of His grace-filled love. Sin so accustoms us to see strength only through worldly lenses that—like the Hebrew people—we can't even begin to recognize the depth and extent of God's love for us in Christ. To […]
Read Isaiah 49-51.
Rich, poetic imagery flows throughout the book of Isaiah, and is very evident again in these chapters. The passages crest with the undeniable power and inevitable redemption of the Lord’s hands, then dip in troughs of dark exile, terror and separation from the Lord, only to swell once more with the […]
Read Isaiah 46-48.
There is a great refrain in these chapters, running all the way from Chs 44-48. “Where is my equal? … Who is my like?” (46: 4-5); then, “for I am God, there is no other, I am God and there is no one like me” (46:9). This is God’s proclamation in […]
Learning from Simon PeterThis summer, we'll look together at some stories from the Bible about this flawed disciple of Jesus. Chime in on the conversation! Comment below any of the posts. Let's encourage each other in our life of discipleship.