Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Isa. 1:21-31; 2-5


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Isaiah Chapter One

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Jerusalem the harlot is rebuked for her evil, but also promised a restoration by grace (Isa. 1:21-31).

Isaiah Chapter Two

  1. Chapter Two begins with a picture of the coming eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord.
  2. Israel will be the center of the world stage during the eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord (Isa. 2:2-4).
    1. Israel is an earthly nation in the midst of, and raised above all other earthly nations (v.2).
    2. The gentile nations will look to Israel to teach them the Word of God (v.3).
    3. The Lord will administer executive, legislative, and judicial authority over all the nations (v.4a).
    4. The Lord will also oversee a world-wide disarmament program (v.4b).
  3. In anticipation of the glory to be revealed, Judah is admonished to walk in the light (Isa. 2:4-11).
  4. The glory to be revealed will be a day of reckoning for those who have gloried in their own pride (Isa. 2:12-22).

Isaiah Chapter Three

  1. The Lord God of Hosts inflicts national Divine discipline upon Judah for their faithlessness (Isa. 3:1-12).
  2. The Lord’s particular attention is focused upon the elders and princes who should have exercised Godly leadership and steered Judah away from idolatry (Isa. 3:13-15).
  3. The Lord’s particular attention is also focused upon the daughters of Zion, who became as big a stumbling block as the daughters of Moab & Midian ever were (Isa. 3:16-4:1; Num. 25:1,6).

Isaiah Chapter Four

  1. The promised restoration of Judah will be accomplished by the Branch—the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa. 4:2; 11:1; 53:2; Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12).
  2. The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ will begin with only born-again believers populating the earth (Isa. 4:3).
    1. The spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning refers to the judicial execution of all unbelievers who survive the Tribulation, but who have no part in the Millennium (Isa. 4:4).
    2. The Gentile judgment is the sheep & goat judgment of Matthew 25 (vv.31-46).
    3. The Jewish judgment is the wilderness judgment of Ezekiel 20 (vv.33-38).

Isaiah Chapter Five

  1. Isaiah composes a song for his well-beloved (Isa. 5:1-7).
    1. Isaiah had the spiritual maturity to enjoy an intimate love relationship with the Lord (v.1a).
    2. Isaiah had the grace orientation to understand all of Israel’s blessings were the work of the Lord (vv.1b,2).
    3. The vineyard was in terrible condition, but it wasn’t the Lord who fell short (vv.37).
  2. The Lord pronounces His judgment upon Judah in a series of six Woes (Isa. 5:8-23).
    1. Their real estate conglomerates, and cooperative farming industries violated the principles of their land inheritance (vv.8-10).
    2. Their wealth and prosperity promoted a neglect for spiritual life (vv.11-12).  Like Israel to the north, this spiritual life negligence will result in their captivity (vv.13-17; cf. Hos. 4:6).
    3. Their pursuit of evil only intensified, as they failed to see the Lord working in their midst (vv.18-19).
    4. They are pleased to substitute their own goodness for the Lord’s (v.20). 
    5. They are pleased to substitute their own wisdom for the Lord’s (v.21).
    6. They are pleased to promote their own wealth at the expense of others—following Israel’s abusive & predatory materialism (vv.22-23).
  3. As a consequence for Judah’s unrepentant evil, they are promised the fire of God’s judgment (Isa. 5:24-30).
    1. The whole world will be arrayed against the Jews (v.26).
    2. Fighting them will be hopeless (vv.27-30).