Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012 … God’s Promise to His Remnant

Chronological Bible Reading - Day 194

Passage of the Day: Reference of Today’s Chronological Bible Study: 2nd Chronicles 27 [NIV] To study these chapters, go to this link
Passage of the Day: Reference of Today’s Chronological Bible Study: Isaiah, Chapter 9-12 [NIV] To study these chapters, go to this link

Highlight Passage: 2nd Chron 27: 1-2; 9 :[NIV] … 1 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. His mother's name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok.2 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the Lord. The people, however, continued their corrupt practices. … 
9 Jotham rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And Ahaz, his son, succeeded him as king. 
Highlight Passage #2: Isaiah 9: 2; 6 :[NIV] … 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. … 
6 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. 
Highlight Passage #2: Isaiah 10: 5-7; 12; 15; 20-21 :[NIV] … 5 "Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath! 6 I send him against a godless nation; I dispatch him against a people [i.e., God’s own chosen peoples] who anger me, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets. 7 But this is not what he [i.e., Assyria] intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is to destroy, to put an end to many nations. … 
12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, "I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. … 
15 Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it, or the saw boast against the one who uses it? As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up, or a club brandish the one who is not wood! … 
20 In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 21 A remnant will return,t a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God. 
Highlight Passage #2: Isaiah 11: 1-3a; 6; 10-11 :[NIV] … 1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord — 3 and He will delight in the fear of the Lord. ... 
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. … 
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.
Highlight Passage #2: Isaiah 12: 1-2 :[NIV] … 1 In that day you will say [some translations have the Hebrew word for “say,” which is “amar,” translated as “sing,” because Chapter 12 was a song of praise] … "I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, … Your anger has turned away and You have comforted me. 2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation." 

My Journal for Today: As you can see above, I have highlighted quite a few passages from my chronological reading assignment for today; and I did this for any of my fellow readers to get a sense of what God was promising to His peoples in spite of their collective and nationwide disobedience in the times of Isaiah, the Prophet.

 I hope you can also read a lot of today into these passages; because we now live in times that parallel those written about in 2nd Chronicles 27 and Isaiah, Chapters 9-12. In those days both Israel and Judah had rebelled in flagrant disobedience to God’s word; and God chose to use an even more idolatrous nation, Assyria, to engulf and capture God’s chosen peoples, though Assyria would also be harshly judged and eradicated in God’s plan. But above all in these days, the promise of God’s Messiah rings through these times of a plague of disobedience and destruction. And that promise, which is now the promise of Christ’s second coming, still rings true today.

And perhaps that is what and why the nation of America was established in our times … to show that God’s promised Messiah would not only come in the form of Jesus, the Lame of God; but He will come again; and God’s people, the Jewish remnant, will once again be returned to the Holy and promised land when the seed of Jesse will, as God has promised through Isaiah, sit on the throne of God, ruling all peoples, everywhere, in a time of eternal peace.

I hope you, as I did this morning, read and mediate on today’s Old Testament history and God’s promises from the Prophet Isaiah with the same joy and praise from God’s prophesy of the coming Messiah, … the One Who will come to claim His Bride, the New Testament church, and to return His Old Testament remnant, Israel, to His promised land to dwell forever with the Lamb of God, … the Lion of Judah, … and the King of kings.

And in these promises, to God be the glory!!!

My Prayer Today: … Oh, my Yahweh, praise Your Holy Name; and I pray that You come soon to rule and reign just as You have promised. Amen

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