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September 30 – Hephzibah: The Lord Delighteth in Me!

September 30
Isaiah 60:1-62:5
Philippians 1:27-2:18
Psalm 72:1-20
Proverbs 24:11-12

Isaiah 60:2-3 – This passage forms the tenth movement of Handel’s Messiah. Verse three foreshadows the Great Commission – universal, no longer tribal.

Isaiah 60:19 – Revelation 21:23 and 22:5 echo this verse, but notice the addition in Revelation 21:23 – the lamp of the city is the Lamb!

Isaiah 61:1-2 – Jesus’ first synagogue message in Nazareth after his baptism (Luke 4:16) was from Isaiah – interestingly this was not His request but was given Him (Luke 4:17), and He quoted from this verse and presumably Isaiah 60:3 . Notice Jesus stopped in the middle of verse 2. This was not the day of vengeance but the day of mercy so far. Yet the synagogue crowd tried to stone him (Luke 4:29).

The traditional site of the synagogue is believed to be under this church in Nazareth.

Isaiah 62:4 – The woman called Forsaken shall now be called Hephzibah – the LORD delighteth in me! What a gracious and forgiving God we serve!

Philippians 1:29 – Suffering is a gift of God. 

Philippians 2:7 – This is referred to as the Kenosis passage, as Jesus debased himself unto the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:10-11 – Yes, every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Philippians 2:14 – Murmurings?  Paul had to warn the Corinthians about that (1 Corinthians 10:10), and the Israelites had done unto Moses (Exodus 15:24)

Psalm 72:1 – Who is this King? That has dominion unto the ends of the earth (Psalm 72:8). The answer is in v.18 – this is the LORD God’s reign on earth.

Proverbs 24:11-12 –  Paul echoed this thought in I Corinthians 9:16. “Thousands are dying, every day now, with no hope or light. How can we standby without telling of Christ’s great sacrifice!

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September 29 – Never Give In!

September 29
Isaiah 57:15-59:21
Philippians 1:1-26
Psalm 71:1-24
Proverbs 24:9-10

Isaiah 57:15 – This is a great memory verse to add to your list. The plan for revival is what Isaiah saw in Isaiah 6 – understanding who God is and who we are. 

Isaiah 58:5-7 – Does God prefer sackcloth and ashes, or action? God wants us to loose the bands of wickedness, set free the oppressed, feed the hungry, clothe the needy. Is Isaiah teaching social justice? No he’s teaching personal justice. Personal – we find the more important religion is to a person, the more likely that person is to give. Is Isaiah talking about giving money to the panhandler? If you’re thinking about giving a couple bucks so that you feel better – I think that’s what God is talking about in v.5 as “tokenism.” In v.7 God talks about a radical idea – “bring the poor that are cast out to thy house!” Wisconsin State Rep. Dale Kooyenga has been a passionate advocate for SafeFamilies, an interesting church-based alternative to foster care. 

Isaiah 58:13 – Romans 14:6 answers the question of what day is the Sabbath for believers. Just like Jesus expanded adultery from the act to the thought in Matthew 5:28, Paul expanded the Sabbath to every day. Do we do our pleasure or do we delight ourselves in the LORD (Isaiah 58:14)? With the average working American spending just 2 minutes a day on religious activity, it’s hard to say we are fulfilling this call at all.

Isaiah 59:2 – Why aren’t my prayers answered? Because God does not hear us when we sin.

Isaiah 59:7 – Over one billion babies have been estimated to have been killed by abortion worldwide. 

Philippians 1:9 – What was Paul’s thoughts towards the Philippians? Was he jumping into correcting heresy (Galatians), or dealing with serious sin (Corinthians)? No his prayer is that their “love may abound yet more and more.” Les Ollila shared how studying 1 Corinthians 13 changed his view of his life. If we do not have love – we have no reward.

Philippians 1:21For me to live is Christ, to die is gain!

Psalm 71:1 – In whom is your trust? This Psalm is the senior citizen prayer (Psalm 71:9, Psalm 71:18).

Proverbs 24:10 – “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy” –Winston Churchill

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September 28 – Temporary Pain, Everlasting Mercy

September 28
Isaiah 54:1-57:14
Ephesians 6:1-24
Psalm 70:1-5
Proverbs 24:8

Isaiah 54:1 – Galatians 4:27 quotes this verse talking about Jerusalem in reference to Sarah. Theologians are still unsure about how the verses fit together.

Isaiah 54:7-8 – Exodus 20:5-6 stated that God will punish sin for 3-4 generations but have mercy for a thousand generations. Here we see a small forsaking but great mercies. Little wrath but everlasting kindness. Throughout the Bible we are warned that yes, God’s punishment will hurt but it’s worth it (Proverbs 3:12 / Hebrews 12:6 / Revelation 3:19 / Deuteronomy 8:5 / Psalm 94:12 / Proverbs 13:24).

Isaiah 54:9 – I’m writing this having just been to the Ark Encounter today. Someone told Ken Ham – your boat won’t float! Ken Ham said – we don’t need it to! God has sworn that the world will never flood again!

Isaiah 55:2 – How’s this for a bad investment? Spending money for counterfeit bread when God is offering food for free (Isaiah 55:1).

Isaiah 55:6 – When is the time of salvation? 2 Corinthians 6:2! Take advantage of the abundant pardon (Isaiah 55:7).

Isaiah 55:10-11 – The song “This is My Word” is based on these verses.

Isaiah 56:4-5 – From EnterTheBible:

Eunuchs were excluded from temple worship by Torah itself (Deuteronomy 23:1-3; Leviticus 21:18-20), not for moral or ethnic reasons but because they were understood to be “blemished,” excluded by the purity laws in the same way that blemished lambs were not acceptable as sacrifices…

But now, says the Lord (through the prophet), all that is changed. Foreigners and eunuchs are welcomed in the same way as anyone else–that is, those who keep the sabbath and hold fast the covenant. Sabbath-keeping had taken on even greater importance during the exile because it was a religious observance and a sign of the covenant that people could do within the family even when there was no temple for sacrifice and festival worship.

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Ephesians 6:1 – Relational commands started yesterday, addressed to husbands and wives. Today he’s addressing children (Ephesians 6:1), all with a parent (Ephesians 6:2-3), fathers (Ephesians 6:4), servants (Ephesians 6:5-8), and masters (Ephesians 6:9).

We have a gap between Ephesians 6:1 and 6:2 because while children (those under 18 for lack of a better definition) are commanded to obey, all are commanded to honor.

Ephesians 6:15 – We read the other day in the Old Testament about the beautiful feet of preachers (Isaiah 52:7), today we read in the New Testament about the feet ready for the gospel.

Psalm 70:5 – Echoing the great truth of Psalm 40:17

Proverbs 24:8 – What name do you want? (Proverbs 22:1)

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September 27 – Who is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53?

September 27
Isaiah 51:1-53:12
Ephesians 5:1-33
Psalm 69:19-36
Proverbs 24:7

Isaiah 51:6 – Someone recently posted on Facebook that they can’t believe that the Bible teaches that the day of the LORD is “an event that involved the whole earth literally burning-up.” They believe all of Bible prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70, and presumably we’re just lingering on until something happens, but nobody knows what. They point to the Old Testament prophecies as the key to interpreting the New Testament prophecies, but both Old & New Testaments point to an incredible event that has not happened yet.

Isaiah 51:11 – This is an incredible promise set to music.

Isaiah 51:13 – From Abraham Lincoln, March 30, 1863:

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

Isaiah 52:7 – The prophecy of the preacher’s beautiful feet! Quoted by Paul in Romans 10:12-15

Isaiah 52:13 – Who is this servant of the LORD? He shall be very high? “Very high” is a rare expression, used in a negative contrast in Deuteronomy 28:43, describing a divinely placed setting in Ezekiel 40:2, and most important to our discussion, describing the righteousness of God in Psalm 71:19.

Isaiah 52:14 – What servant is exalted (Isaiah 52:13) and marred (Isaiah 52:14), without beauty (Isaiah 53:2), despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3)? This doesn’t seem to make sense…yet.

Isaiah 53:3 – “Man of Sorrows” is only found in this verse, but was the subject of a hymn by Philip Bliss.

Isaiah 53:4 – The exalted servant (Isaiah 52:13), will be mutilated (Isaiah 52:14-Isaiah 53:3), for us (Isaiah 53:4-11). This is the doctrine of the vicarious atonement. The innocent slain for the guilty. Summarized in one verse – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Isaiah 53:5 – Yes he was wounded for our transgressions!

Isaiah 53:10 – We’re told the suffering servant will die (Isaiah 53:9), and that he is the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) bruised (Isaiah 53:10) as a sin offering, but he shall prolong his days? Keep in mind what happened to the sin offerings in Leviticus – they were unblemished (Isaiah 52:13) but slaughtered (Isaiah 53:8-9). Not just beaten. Slain.

But does this verse mean that the suffering servant who dies as a human sacrifice will be resurrected? Can this amazing description of Jesus really be written aforetime? Would God have preserved a scroll written two hundred years before the birth of Jesus only to be discovered just 70 years ago? Isn’t it amazing that we can browse this very scroll in high definition on our phones right now?

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Ephesians 5:2 – Jumping over to the New Testament – we see the “Why” to the mystery of the suffering servant – because of love. He was the offering.

Ephesians 5:3 – Because of His love, our values are not set by opinion polls, but by the Lord Jesus Christ. We’re not participating in the long list of sins (Ephesians 5:3-12).

Ephesians 5:16 – Need help? Check with our friend Rick Grubbs!

Ephesians 5:19 – Why do I include so many Scripture based songs in the emails? Because we are commanded to speak to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs! God did not abrogate the hymnbook of Israel (Psalms).

Ephesians 5:22 – Submission, a controversial topic today, is matched with self-sacrifice (Ephesians 5:25). Not “throwing socks in the general direction of the laundry basket” but vicarious self-sacrifice. Both seem extreme. This is a radical standard for marital relationships that Paul is advocating, far from today’s push to ban “til death do us part” with a new standard of “give it a good try and you’re ok.” Yes Biblical Christianity is vastly different from modern society.

Ephesians 5:31 – Having recently leaved and cleaved, I am working continually on the next part – “love his wife even as himself” (Ephesians 5:33).  As someone once said, the Christian life isn’t difficult – it’s impossible!

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September 26 – Ten S’s of Ephesians 4 for the Saved

September 26
Isaiah 48:12-50:11
Ephesians 4:17-32
Psalm 69:1-18
Proverbs 24:5-6

Isaiah 48:17 – So many people are afraid of what God will lead them to. God wants you to profit! Yes, the word literally means profit. Now God doesn’t believe in “get rich quick schemes” – his path for your profit may not be your path (see Job). But trust His Word!

Isaiah 49:16 – Can God forget you? Your name is graven on his hands.

Isaiah 50:7 – Hope – another word destroyed by popular culture. Webster’s 1828: “hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired… Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises; a scriptural sense.” We do not need to wish for God’s help – God is our hope – He will help!

Ephesians 4:17 – How are you walking? Those who know not God walk self-confidently, separated from God (Ephesians 4:18), sightless (Ephesians 4:18), submitted to sensuality (Ephesians 4:19), seeking sin (Ephesians 4:19).

Ephesians 4:23 – What are we to replace our former conversation with? (Ephesians 4:22).

  • Sanctification (Ephesians 4:23)
  • Sanctity (Ephesians 4:24)
  • Sincerity (Ephesians 4:25)
  • Smoothness (Ephesians 4:26)
  • Stedfastness (Ephesians 4:27)
  • Sharing (Ephesians 4:28)
  • Supportive Speech (Ephesians 4:29)
  • Sealing of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30)
  • Separation from sin (Ephesians 4:31)
  • Softheartedness (Ephesians 4:32)

Psalm 69:5 – “It ought to render confession easy, when we are assured that all is known already.” (Spurgeon)

Psalm 69:9 – Jesus identified with this verse in John 2:17, but obviously not Psalm 69:5. But Psalm 69:8 could apply to Jesus as well.

Proverbs 24:6 – One of the oldest proverbs on the value of diversification (multitude of). Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, even in the wisdom market!

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