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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Isaiah: Prophet Extraordinaire

October 4

(Isaiah 7:14 NIV)  "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."

(Isaiah 9:6 NIV)  "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

(Isaiah 49:6 NIV) "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.""

(Isaiah 53:3-12 NIV)  "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. {4} Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. {5} But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. {6} We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. {7} He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. {8} By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. {9} He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. {10} Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. {11} After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. {12} Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."

(Isaiah 55:1 NIV)  ""Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost."

(Isaiah 55:6 NIV)  "Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near."

(Isaiah 59:2 NIV)  "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."

(Isaiah 60:1 NIV)  ""Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you."

(Isaiah 61:1-2 NIV)  "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, {2} to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,"

One test of a true prophet is whether or not their visions actually come to pass. Isaiah was an extraordinary prophet. Eight hundred years before Jesus was born, he saw His coming in detail. He saw the virgin birth of Jesus (Isaiah 7:14). He saw the unveiling of the Messiah (Isaiah 9:6). He provided Christ’s first sermon (Isaiah 61:1-2). He saw the death of Jesus (Isaiah 53:3-9). He saw the resurrection of Christ (Isaiah 53:11). He saw Christ’s true mission (Isaiah 53:12). He saw the gospel being preached to the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:6). He saw the main problem of all humanity (Isaiah 59:2). He spoke of Christ’s invitation to everyone in the world (Isaiah 55:1; 55:6; 60:1). Many today avoid the Old Testament. They critique it as archaic and harsh. But it is God’s word. It is the Bible Jesus used! And it is rich for the mining if you will just dig into it. Go for it! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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