Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Isa. 8-11


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Isaiah Chapter Eight

  1. Mr. & Mrs. Isaiah are blessed with another son—Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isa. 8:1-4).
    1. Shear-jashub was the sign for Ahaz (Isa. 7:1-6).
    2. Maher-shalal-hash-baz was the sign for Uriah & Zechariah (Isa. 8:2,4).
  2. The Lord prophesies the rise of Assyria, which will destroy Israel, and come up to the neck of Judah (Isa. 8:5-8).
  3. The Lord composes a song of deliverance, for the work that Immanuel will accomplish when He shatters the peoples of the earth (Isa. 8:9-10).
  4. Isaiah is admonished to beware the superstitions of the people, as the anticipation of Messiah grows (Isa. 8:11-22).
    1. Waiting for the Messiah means walking in the fear of the Lord (v.13).
    2. The Messiah will be both a sanctuary, and a stumbling block (vv.14,15; Rom. 9:32-33; 1st Pet. 2:6-8).
    3. God’s true disciples, waiting for the Messiah, will understand the message of Isaiah (vv.16-18).
    4. Turning to Satanic methods for signs of the Messiah leads only to darkness (vv.19-22; Acts 8:9; 13:6,8; 19:13,19).

Isaiah Chapter Nine

  1. The gloom of not seeing the Messiah will be pierced by the great light of the Messiah—from the land of Galilee (Isa. 9:1-7; Matt. 4:12-16).
    1. The Messiah is anticipated as the victorious provider of peace (vv.3-5).
    2. The Messiah will be both a born child, and a given son (v.6a).
    3. He will bear the government eternally (vv.6b,7a).
    4. The titles are 2nd Advent titles (v.6c).
      1. Wonderful Counselor.  This indicates that a primary activity of the reigning Messiah will be to teach (cf. 2:3,4).
      2. Mighty God.  This indicates that the Messiah is not simply a good man, & moral teacher, but God Himself.
      3. Eternal Father.  The Messiah will have brethren (Israel), a bride (the Church), subjects (Millennial citizens), and children (Fullness of Times, Eph. 1:10; Rev. 21:7).
      4. Prince of Peace.  The Messiah will be the One who brings all of mankind to God the Father in peace (Eph. 2:13-18).
    5. The Messiah brings these things about in His zeal (v.7b).
  2. Returning to the subject of immediate Divine judgment, the Lord describes the continuing action against Israel (Isa. 9:8-21).

Isaiah Chapter Ten

  1. Israel is guilty as charged, in every area of Divine displeasure (Isa. 10:1-4).
  2. Assyria is selected as the rod of God’s wrath (Isa. 10:5-11), but Assyria will also become the object of God’s wrath (Isa. 10:12-19).
  3. A remnant is promised a restoration to the land once the complete, decreed destruction occurs (Isa. 10:20-23; Dan. 9:27).
  4. The chapter concludes with encouragement to Judah—not to fear the Assyrian who sweeps away the northern kingdom of Israel (Isa. 10:24-34).

Isaiah Chapter Eleven

  1. Chapter eleven begins with a description of the coming Messiah (Isa. 11:1-5).
  2. The animal realm will be restored to the antediluvian conditions (Isa. 11:6-9).
  3. The Lord will be a standard for all the nations of the world to assemble themselves for rest and glory (Isa. 11:10).
  4. The regathering of Israel is described as one of unity and victory (Isa. 11:11-16).