We did it! Isaiah in 6 weeks! I know, I know. We could have used 6 months. Maybe we’ll do that next go-round.
We saw this week that God offers salvation through His Servant (chapters 54-57). These chapters point to Jesus. One quick example: 55:1 God invites all who are thirsty to come; so does Jesus in John 4:13-14. That water he gives will become, “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Here’s some other great verses from Isaiah 55:6“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;… 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts….11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Isaiah 58 deals with fasting. It is only pleasing to God when it is done with the right motives from the heart. (This applies to any act of worship.) Fasting is scriptural – Old Testament and New. It is a spiritual discipline that draws us closer to God. Jesus says this: Matt. 6:16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” He said, “when you fast,” not “if you fast.” It’s not to be done to draw attention to yourself. It’s not for show…. It’s to grow.
Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ) says this: “I believe the power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic bomb that our Lord has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world.” Check out his booklet: http://www.vbcweb.org/docs/7_Basic_Steps_to_Successful_Fasting_and_Prayer.pdf
Isaiah 66 ends by telling us that just as heaven is real and eternal, so is hell. It is eternal fire. Jesus talks more about hell than about heaven. As an example, check out Matthew 25:31-46. Revelation 20:10-15 tells us that anyone whose name was not written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire to be tormented forever. How’s that for a FIRE cracker?
God does not want us to go to hell even though we all deserve it. God sent His Son to pay the price for our sins and purchase our ticket to heaven. Have you received this free gift of eternal life? If you have any questions concerning this, please shoot me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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