Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Isa. 1:1-20; 28; 2 Kgs. 17:5-41; 18:9-12


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Isaiah Chapter One

  1. The Book of Isaiah is properly called a “vision” (Isa. 1:1; 2nd Chr. 32:32).
    1. חָזׄון chāzown #2377: vision, oracle, prophecy (1st Sam. 3:1; Dan. 8:1-2).
    2. The time-frame from Uzziah (790-739BC) to Hezekiah (715-686BC) matches the time-frame for Hosea (Isa. 1:1; Hos. 1:1).
    3. While Hosea addressed the northern kingdom, Isaiah ministered in the south.
  2. The Lord calls all heaven and earth to bear witness—Israel is a faithless son (Isa. 1:1-9).
    1. The animal realm understands the Sovereignty of God, but Israel does not.
    2. Although addressing the kingdom of Judah, the Lord addresses all Israel.
  3. The Lord is “sick and tired” of Judah’s external religious show (Isa. 1:10-15).
  4. Judah’s only option at this point is to repent and confess (Isa. 1:16-17).
  5. The call to repentance is a direct invitation to Judah, and yet a much larger invitation to all believers (Isa. 1:18-20; Psa. 51:7; 1st Jn. 1:9).
    (Chapter One continues tomorrow)

Isaiah Chapter Twenty-Eight

  1. Chapters twenty-eight through thirty-five form a section of warning.  Six woes are pronounced in this section (Isa. 28:1; 29:1,15; 30:1; 31:1; 33:1). Isa. 29-35 are covered from Day 203-205.
  2. The first woe is issued to Ephraim—the northern kingdom of Israel (Isa. 28:1).
  3. Israel was totally given over to drunkenness, led by the example of their prophets and priests (Isa. 28:7-8).
  4. The pattern for accurate Bible teaching is established here (Isa. 28:9-10,13).
    1. Accurate Bible teaching begins with the milk teachings for infants, and proceeds from there (v.9).
    2. Accurate Bible teaching is progressive, comprehensive, and cumulative (v.10).
  5. Isaiah’s prophecy concerning stammering lips and a foreign tongue is very important (Isa. 28:11-13b).
    1. Isaiah prophecies that God will use Gentiles to preach a (gospel) message of rest (Isa. 28:11-12). 
    2. Israel’s rejection of the gospel message, as taught in Gentile languages, will result in their national dispersion (Isa. 28:13b).
    3. This passage is quoted by the Apostle Paul to teach that tongues were designed as a sign to unbelievers—especially unbelieving Jews who refused to return to the Lord  (1st Cor. 14:21-22a).
    4. The fulfillment of this prophecy was the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD.  Therefore, the purpose for tongues, as taught in the Book of Acts is no longer pertinent today.
  6. Isaiah also repeats an earlier prophecy (Isa. 8:14-15), making reference to the Christ: the Cornerstone (Isa. 28:16; Rom. 9:33; 1st Pet. 2:6 cf. Ps. 118:22).  

Second Kings Chapter Seventeen

(Outline continues from Day 181)

  1. Explanation is made for why the exile of Israel was necessary (2nd Kgs. 17:7-18).
  2. The influence of Israel had also brought defilement upon the kingdom of Judah (2nd Kgs. 17:19-23).
  3. The Assyrians brought a collection of gentile peoples to settle the land of Israel in place of the Jews (2nd Kgs. 17:24-41).

Second Kings Chapter Eighteen

(Outline continues from Day 181)

  1. Hezekiah bravely defied Assyria, while observing Israel’s captivity to Assyria (2nd Kgs. 18:7-12).

(Chapter Eighteen continues on Day 206)