Today’s reading is: Isa. 48:12-52:12
Isaiah Chapter Forty-Eight
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- The Lord promises a restoration to Israel after their punishment in Babylon is complete (Isa. 48:12-22).
- This is a faithful promise of the Alpha & Omega.
- This is another message that has not been a secret in times past.
Isaiah Chapter Forty-Nine
- Chapters 49-57 highlight a greater messiah-shepherd than Cyrus, the virgin-born Lord Jesus Christ.
- The chapter begins with a personal message from the Lord Jesus Christ to the farthest peoples (Isa. 49:1-13). This is the second of four Servant Songs.
- The Father prepared the body of Jesus Christ in His first advent incarnation (Isa. 49:1; Heb. 10:5).
- The Lord Jesus Christ is entrusted with verbal judicial execution authority (Isa. 49:2; Rev. 1:16; 2:12,16; 19:15).
- The Lord Jesus Christ is the visible representation of God the Father’s glory (Isa. 49:3; Jn. 13:31-32; Heb. 1:3).
- The Lord Jesus Christ received no reward from man, was rejected by His brethren, and embraced God the Father for His total reward (Isa. 49:4; Matt. 23:37; Jn. 1:11; Lk. 23:43,46).
- The Lord’s second advent work will include regathering Israel, and ruling over all the nations (Isa. 49:5-7).
- The universal offer of salvation in Jesus Christ is described (Isa. 49:8-13).
- The Messianic promises of God will be impossible for Israel to accept while they view themselves as forsaken and forgotten (Isa. 49:14). The Lord answers Zion’s complaint with examples of His faithfulness (Isa. 49:15-23).
- The Messianic promises of God will be impossible for Israel to accept while they view themselves as helplessly captive to a tyrant (Isa. 49:24). The Lord answers this complaint as well (Isa. 49:25-26).
Isaiah Chapter Fifty
- Although Israel was divorced, and the Jews were sold into slavery, the Lord was ready, willing, & able to Redeem them (Isa. 50:1-3).
- Jesus Christ describes His daily ministry of listening to the Word of God, and meeting the needs of others (Isa. 50:4-11; Jn. 8:28-29). This is the third of four Servant Songs.
Isaiah Chapter Fifty-One
- The Lord instructs His audience three times to listen (Isa. 51:1,4,7).
- Believers should always maintain their remembrance of the Lord Who saved them, and from where they were saved.
- Believers should remember the witness of Scripture—the faithfulness of God in earlier generations.
- Believers should remember the prophetic messages of Scripture—the faithfulness of God in future generations.
- Isaiah calls upon the LORD to awaken, and strive for Israel (Isa. 51:9).
- His past victory over the Dragon provides assurance of the future, ultimate victory over the Dragon.
- It is a double failure for a believer to take their eyes off of the Lord, and consequently place their attention on flesh and blood (Isa. 51:12-13; Eph. 6:12).
- The Lord twice calls upon Israel to awaken (Isa. 51:17; 52:1).
- The first wake-up call is to cause Israel to understand the nature of their Divine judgment, and their helplessness because of it.
- This wake-up call is also an encouragement, because they have finished their cup of Divine wrath, and now the nations will drink of it.
Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Two
- Israel’s second wake-up call is to awaken and dress joyously for the joy that is set before them (Isa. 52:1-6).
- Isaiah introduces the ultimate Evangelist, the Christ Who provides peace, happiness, and salvation in His Kingdom (Isa. 52:7-12).
(Chapter Fifty-Two continues tomorrow)