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September 20 –

September 20 Isaiah 33:10-36:22 Galatians 5:13-26 Psalm 64:1-10 Proverbs 23:23 Isaiah 33:15 – Some more of the “disciplines of a Godly man” – walking right, speaking right, spurning dishonest gain, controlling his hands, ears, and eyes. Self-control is the marks of a man following the Lord! Isaiah 33:22 – America was born with a split of governing authority. The King of England could dismiss judges if he didn’t like what they did. The LORD in his theocracy exercises the role of all three branches of government – the judicial (judge), the legislative (lawgiver), and the executive (king). They say power corrupts, so we try to have a “balance of power” – but when the Lord rules – no one can (or needs to) check the power of the King! Isaiah 34:8 – This is the last reference to the “day of the LORD” in Isaiah, and the first mention in the Old Testament to tie the day of the LORD to vengeance. Job and the Psalmist often cry for God to right the wrongs in the world. And He will. Isaiah 34:11 – What’s a cormorant? It’s derived from the Latin for “sea raven.” The Bitterns are a subgroup of herons.
Cormorant
Bittern
Isaiah 34:12-13 – The nobles and princes will be gone, the palaces and fortresses will be abandoned. The powers of today will not stand in the day of the LORD. Isaiah 35:4 – Isaiah gives the signs of what will happen when God comes. The blind will see. The deaf will hear. The lame will leap. The mute will sing. Roughly six hundred years after this prophecy, another prophet sat in a prison cell discouraged. He sent some of the few people who would listen to his words to seek an answer to a question he had. “Art thou he that should come?” Jesus said the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear (Matthew 11:5). Yes Jesus, the one whose name means “Jehovah is Salvation”, is the God who came to save that Isaiah prophesied about. The vengeance will be coming soon but we’re in a narrow gap of mercy. Peter declared that the gap between Isaiah 35:6a and 35:6b is not millennia, but just a couple days (2 Peter 3:8), just awaiting some sinners to come to repentance! (2 Peter 3:9), then the vengeance will fall (2 Peter 3:10), and the world will be restored (Isaiah 35:6b).
Isaiah 36:1 – This is the third time we’ve read about this incredible miracle. Mat Staver recently talked about this at a VCY rally in Milwaukee. Sennacherib was 46-0 when it came to tallying battles against the fenced cities of Judah. We know this from the Taylor Prism in the British Museum. Isaiah 36:10 – God doesn’t take kindly to false prophets. Be careful to say “God told me.” Deuteronomy 18:20-22 prescribes the death penalty for any who presume to speak for the LORD. Isaiah 36:18 – The LORD is not the god of Hamath (a town just north of modern Lebanon in Syria). He is not a god made with hands. He is the Creator of heaven and earth! Galatians 5:14 – The 613 laws of the Torah are fulfilled in the Second Greatest Commandment. Paul doesn’t say that you’re excused from it – no as heirs of Christ we must by love, serve. By love reject the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:19-21 – We read the “disciplines of an ungodly man.” Fornication is a work of the flesh, even though more people think fur is immoral than fornication! But fornication isn’t a big problem, is it? Better read the end of verse 21! Galatians 5:24 – There is no middle ground. Have we crucified the flesh with its lusts (Galatians 5:19-21) and are we displaying the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The challenge is that Christians today are mixing the works of the flesh with the fruit of the spirit. A 1994 study on college students, religion, and drinking found that 1 of every 8 college students who came from total abstinence Protestant denominations were self-described regular drunks. Psalm 64:9 – Declare God’s Works! Share the testimonies of what He has done in your life! Proverbs 23:23Charles Spurgeon preached on this verse Sunday Night, June 26th, 1870.
JOHN Bunyan pictures the pilgrims as passing at one time through Vanity Fair, and in Vanity Fair there were to be found all kinds of merchandise, consisting of the pomps and vanities, the lusts and pleasures of this present life and of the flesh. Now all the dealers, when they saw these strange pilgrims come into the fair began to cry, as shopmen will do, “Buy, buy, buy—buy this, and buy that.” There were the priests in the Italian row with their crucifixes and their beads. There were those in the German row with their philosophies and their metaphysics. There were those in the French row with their fashions and with their prettinesses. But the one answer that the pilgrims gave to all the dealers was this—they looked up and they said, “We buy the truth; we buy the truth,” and they would have gone on their way if the men of the Fair had not laid them by the heels in the cage, and kept them there, one to go to heaven in a chariot of fire, and the other afterwards to pursue his journey alone. This is very much the description of the genuine Christian at all times. He is surrounded by vendors of all sorts of things, beautifully got up and looking exceedingly like the true article, and the only way in which he will be able to pass through Vanity Fair safely is to keep to this, that he buys the truth, and if he adds to that the second advice of the text, and never sells it, he will, under divine guidance, find his way rightly to the skies. “Buy the truth, and sell it not.” http://www.romans45.org/spurgeon/sermons/3449.htm
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September 19 – AN 800 year old warning, echoed!

September 19
Isaiah 30:12-33:9
Galatians 5:1-12
Psalm 63:1-11
Proverbs 23:22

Isaiah 30:18 – The LORD will be gracious – to those who who refused his rest and confidence? The ones who resisted God (Isaiah 30:15), He will have mercy upon.

Isaiah 30:22 – Mercy is associated with repentance – turning from idols!

Isaiah 31:1 – 800 years earlier Moses warned about this exact same issue (Deuteronomy 17:16) – Egypt and horses. God wants us vulnerable so we can trust the Holy One of Israel!

Isaiah 31:3 – Isaiah points out the obvious!

Isaiah 33:2 – Take some time to wait for the LORD. Don’t run ahead of him or behind him, but wait for Him. The LORD will deliver you!

Galatians 5:2 – Nothing! Paul says that the highest value of the Jews, circumcision, was worth nothing! Not even Jesus values circumcision (Galatians 5:6).

Galatians 5:12 – The KJV uses a euphemism for Paul’s wish for the Judaizers.

Psalm 63:1 – As we shared 6 months ago, here is John Zimmer’s song based on these verses.

Proverbs 23:22 – While children are commanded to obey their parents, all are commanded to honor their parents.

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September 18 – God’s first use of pottery as an object lesson

September 18
Isaiah 28:14-30:11
Galatians 3:23-4:31
Psalm 62:1-12
Proverbs 23:19-21

Isaiah 28:15-16 – Note the contrast – even though we’re in the Prophetic books, it’s really poetry. The imagery of a human boast of a “covenant with death” and an “agreement with hell” of immunity versus “a sure foundation.” There’s only two sides – it’s time to choose which one you want to be on!

Isaiah 28:18 – Remember yesterday (Isaiah 25:28) where death for the believer is swallowed up in victory? Today the covenant with death for the unbeliever is disannulled. Those who thought they had a non-interference pact with death have lost.

Isaiah 28:22 – A warning similar to that from Proverbs, but with added caution – those who mock will be punished worse than those who just ignore.

Isaiah 29:13 – This chapter (and most of Isaiah) is not easy to read. But this is the material that our LORD drew from when arguing with the Pharisees (Mark 7:13). 

Isaiah 29:16 – This is the start of God’s argument across the Bible, comparing man to pottery. He’ll have Isaiah reiterate this point in Isaiah 45:9-11, and Isaiah 64:8. He’ll send Jeremiah to the potter’s house (Jeremiah 18). And he’ll use this as the key point of Paul’s argument for God’s sovereignty in Romans 9:19-21.

Israelite Pottery

Isaiah 29:18 – The deaf shall hear, the blind shall see, and the poor will rejoice! Isaiah is teasing a prophecy that will be very significant (Isaiah 35).

Isaiah 30:1 – Great poetry (not that it rhymes, but that it expresses a unique thought in few words) – Woe to them “that take counsel, but not of me.” They “add sin to sin.”

Isaiah 30:11 – Good thing we’re not like those Israelites who wanted the Holy One of Israel to depart. But how much better are we when we spend just 2.4 minutes per day on religious activity?

Galatians 3:24 – The law is our schoolmaster. Ray Comfort:

God’s Law acts as a schoolmaster to bring us to Jesus Christ that we might be justified through faith in His blood. The Law doesn’t help us; it just leaves us helpless. It doesn’t justify us; it just leaves us guilty before the judgment bar of a holy God.


And the tragedy of modern evangelism is that, around the turn of the century when it forsook the Law in its capacity to convert the soul, to drive sinners to Christ, modern evangelism had to therefore find another reason for sinners to respond to the gospel. And the issue that modern evangelism chose to attract sinners was the issue of life enhancement. The gospel degenerated into “Jesus Christ will give you peace, joy, love, fulfillment, and lasting happiness.”

https://www.livingwaters.com/hells-best-kept-secret/

Galatians 4:7 – We who were servants are now sons, heir of God. GotQuestions:

Think of all that means. Everything that God owns belongs to us as well because we belong to Him. Our eternal inheritance as co-heirs with Christ is the result of the amazing grace of God.

https://www.gotquestions.org/co-heirs-with-Christ.html

Galatians 3:9 – The heirs of God – far better than being heirs of Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos – want to return to chains? Paul argues so vehemently he’s afraid he’s become their enemy (Galatians 3:16).

Galatians 3:23 – Those who wanted to leave salvation by faith for salvation by Moses prided themselves on being an Israelite – the recipients of the blessings of Abraham. But to those who claimed works – Paul says you are related to Abraham but not how you think! You’re the son of Hagar, not the son of Sarah! Those who are under salvation by grace are the children of promise (Isaac) (Galatians 3:28).

Psalm 62:1 – Salvation is a theme of the Bible. Count how many times the Psalmist uses the word. (v. 1, 2, 6, 7). Like Paul just told us – trust only in the LORD, not in your ability to be spiritual on your own. May He alone be your rock! (Psalm 62:2, Psalm 62:6).

Psalm 62:12 – A portrait painter was told by an old woman, “Do me justice!” The painter replied, “What you need is mercy!” Thank God we get mercy in addition to what we get for our work!

Proverbs 23:20-21 – What does the Bible say about drinking? “Be not among winebibbers.” “The drunkard shall come to poverty.” US NIH statistics tell us that 1 out of every three people who has ever sipped a glass of alcohol, was drunk in the last 30 days. Be careful – if you let someone think that it’s ok to drink – they have a 1 in 3 chance of ending up drunk – not once in their lifetime – but this month! Romans 14:21 – don’t let your brother stumble!

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September 17 – God Shall Wipe Away All Tears!!!

September 17
Isaiah 25:1-28:13
Galatians 3:10-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 23:17-18

Isaiah 25:1 – Isaiah is a unique book – we move from visions of heaven to visions of destruction. Now we have a Psalm-like chapter.

Isaiah 25:4 – We see that the defenced cities are ruins (Isaiah 25:2), but needy are defended by the omnipotent LORD? This is a running theme we’ve noticed throughout the Old Testament.

Isaiah 25:8 – We just read this quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54, and we’ll see the second part of this verse quoted in Revelation 7:17 and Revelation 21:4. As we go thru Isaiah we’ll notice the connections between Old Testament and New Testament prophecy. In the church age we tend to think that all of our familiar prophecies were first found in John’s Revelation, but he was given revelation by the same God that revealed to Isaiah. What’s amazing is that in Israel we have a scroll where a scribe 125 years before the birth of Jesus that records this promise of the resurrection and eternal comfort! For your friends who think the Old Testament God is a god of wrath and that love doesn’t come until the New Testament, this promise came in the BC/OT part of history: “the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;” What a day that will be!

Isaiah 25:8, in the Great Isaiah Scroll

Isaiah 26:3-4 – Mac Lynch recorded a song based on this

Isaiah 26:7 – I googled “uprightness” and the definition and example is interesting…

up·right·ness
ˈəpˌrītnəs/
noun

the condition or quality of being honorable or honest; rectitude.
“there is a general lack of uprightness in these postmodern times”

https://www.google.com/search?q=uprightness

Isaiah 27:1 – Who is the dragon of the sea? Cambridge Bible says Egypt. 

Assuming that they are distinct the “Dragon that is in the sea” is almost certainly an emblem of Egypt (ch. Isaiah 51:9Ezekiel 29:3Ezekiel 32:2Psalm 74:13).

https://biblehub.com/commentaries/isaiah/27-1.htm

Isaiah 28:13 – This is where Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur) gets their name.

Galatians 3:10 – Paul outlines the failure of works. The curse of Deuteronomy 27:26 was part of the responsive reading of curses on Mount Ebal. One failure to obey brings a curse. But One has redeemed us from the curse! Galatians 3:13.

Galatians 3:17 – Paul is saying – you’re following works because that’s an old tradition. But I have one that’s even older (by 430 years!) – and my God doesn’t back out of promises He made. If He made a promise to Abraham, I’m claiming that promise today!

Galatians 3:22 – What is the purpose of the law? Not to give life (otherwise God would not have had to sacrifice His Son) – but to show that we need life from someone else! The law came to point us back to the Promise given to Abraham! Who was that Promise? Jesus! (Galatians 3:16).

Psalm 61:4Under His wings, I am safely abiding. Thought the night deepens and tempests are wild. Still I can trust him I know He will keep me. He has redeemed me and I am His child. Under His wings. Under His wings. Who from His love can sever?  Under His wings, my soul shall abide. Safely abide forever.

Proverbs 23:17-18 – Solomon is echoing Asaph’s Psalm of Slipping Steps (Psalm 73).

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September 16 – The grave marker of Shebna – found!

September 16
Isaiah 22:1-24:23
Galatians 2:17-3:9
Psalm 60:1-12
Proverbs 23:15-16

Isaiah 22:11 – You stockpiled water, but haven’t looked to the maker of the water!

Isaiah 22:16 – Shebna, the treasurer, was chided by the LORD for making a fancy tomb for himself. We may have found his tomb marker!

The Shebna Inscription

In Isaiah 22 the prophet rails in God’s name against the excesses of the officials in King Hezekiah’s palace. In 1870 the famous French diplomat, scholar and archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau excavated a partially destroyed tomb high up on the cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley and the City of David in Jerusalem. Over the entrance to the rock-cut burial chamber was an inscription that, unfortunately, he was unable to decipher. Was this the tomb of Shebna the high court official mentioned in Isaiah who is, literally, “over the house” or in charge of the palace (often identified as the treasurer) and who was castigated by the prophet for building himself such an elaborate tomb on the cliff?

A fascinating article and well worth your time! http://www.academia.edu/371048/Tracking_Down_Shebnayahu_Servant_of_the_King

They’ve even found a seal impression of a document Shebna wrote:

On the top line is the name Shebna, on the bottom line is “Servant of the King”

Isaiah 22:20 – We’ve met Eliakim before in 2 Kings 18:26 when Rabshekah is threatening Hezekiah’s people in Hebrew.

Isaiah 23:15Matthew Henry notices that interesting fact that both Jerusalem and Tyre were in captivity for 70 years.

Isaiah 24:23 – This verse is key to understanding the passage. When will the moon be confounded and the sun ashamed? When the events of Revelation 6:12 occur. 

Galatians 2:20 – Phil Johnson of Grace to You preached on this verse, declaring it “The Key to Everything in a Single Verse.” Johnson notes that we share in and benefit from all of Christ’s virtues. Faith brings us into vital union with Christ – in that we participate in His death and resurrection.

Galatians 3:1 – Paul is concerned about his beloved Galatians. Yesterday we read his pronouncement of anathema upon those who teach another gospel. Today he calls the believers of another gospel “foolish” and the teachers “witches.” Paul is greatly concerned about the purity of the gospel.

Galatians 3:6 – This is one of the most quoted texts in the Bible. Genesis 15:6 tells how Abram believed God, and his faith was logged in God’s accounting book as righteousness. James will quote this (James 3:23), Paul wrote about this to the Romans extensively in chapter 4.

Psalm 60:1 – The Psalmist acknowledges his condition, accepts His anger, and asks for His arrival.

Psalm 60:12 – Valiant is a beautiful word that is falling out of favor in the English Language. Google will now tell us how often a word is used over time, and its usage has dropped significantly over the last two centuries. But let’s take a look at Pilgrim’s Progress and meet a character by the name of Valiant:

Then they went on; and just at the place where Little-faith formerly was robbed, there stood a man with his Sword drawn, and his Face all bloody. Then said Mr Great-heart, “What art thou?” The man made answer, saying, “I am one whose name is Valiant-for-truth. I am a Pilgrim, and am going to the Celestial City. Now as I was in my way, there were three men did beset me….”

Great-heart. But here was great odds, three against one.

Valiant. ‘Tis true, but little or more are nothing to him that has the Truth on his side. Tho’ an Host encamp against me, said one, my heart shall not fear; tho’ War should rise against me, in this will I be confident, &c. Besides, saith he, I have read in some Records, that one man has fought an Army; and how many did Samson slay with the Jaw-bone of an Ass?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/bunyan/pp21.htm

Proverbs 23:15 – What does a dad want for his son? That he would win at Fortnite? Rather, that he would be wise!

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