The One Year Devo

September 23

Isaiah 41:17-43:13; Ephesians 2:1-22; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 23:29-35

Isaiah takes us into a courtroom where we are witnesses to the case which God presents before his people. God as the prosecuting attorney desires Israel to understand their guilt so they might turn to him and receive the life which he offers. He begins his case in 41:21-24 by showing the futility of the idols for which they had abandoned God and turned to. These gods were unable to accomplish anything, in contrast to God's servant, who is ultimately fulfilled in the person of Jesus.

The servant/Jesus is pictured as the victorious ruler over all other kings. He is the one who brings "good news." He will bring perfect justice to the nations and will treat people with compassion and humility. In contrast to our faithlessness, he will be faithful to his calling and mission. He will bring healing to those who are in need and will bring about what God's creation was always intended to be. Israel was perpetually turning to other gods and in doing so would never receive the blessings and peace they longed for. 

What they never seemed able to grasp is that all we need is in God, and both now and for eternity.  As Christians, Christ is the one who makes life available to us. He is the one who can render the verdict over us of innocence/righteousness rather than guilt/shame.

Question of the day: Where in the New Testament are the statements in Isaiah applied to Jesus?

God my Father, thank you for the life you make available in Christ. Thank you that he has brought your kingdom to earth and thank you that at his return he will bring about its ultimate coming. Until then, help me to live for your glory and live out of the life which you have given me. Amen.

Derek Newbery


Posted by Sarah Naples at 23:00