Isaiah 59-63

Chapter 59.  What separates us from God?  This chapter is talking about the people in the year 700 BC as much as He is talking to us.

59 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.

Each of our daily sins is like a brick.  Every time we ignore God’s ways in our thoughts and actions is a brick.  Sometimes it is a sin that we “do”.  Sometimes ignoring what we should do is the sin.  Make sense?   So at the end of the day…how many bricks do you have piled up?  Do you have enough to build a wall like me??  Reread it:

59 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.

Sin is the wall.

BUT God makes Promises that he does not break.  Through repentance…He removes the bricks for us.  We don’t remove them, He we can hear Him and see Him daily.  Maybe we need to start examining our bricks! (sorry, I am not sure why I am preachy today…I think I just have a lot of bricks to look at).  Because we should not doubt that He is on the other side of that wall!!

21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

Chapter 60- As Isaiah writes to the people in Captivity that feel hopeless, God gives them a Word of hope for their future.  They WILL be redeemed. Not just the remnant people that Cyrus will set free to return to Jerusalem, but foreigners will be included.  We are the foreigners…the Gentiles.  We are part of His remnant people.

As we read this and we see that there will be ANOTHER redemption of His people in the 2nd coming. The Lord will come back and set us free.  The enemy is clearly wreaking havoc on the world BUT we don’t need to fret about it.  Verse 15-22 gives us a glimpse of what is to come!

Chapter 61/62  Read this again like you are watching a newscast with a split-screen (4 boxes this time).  Pick the “speaker” that is talking to you.  Our quiet time in the Bible is personal-

  • Do you see Him talking to the Israelites that will return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple for the Messiah to come?
  • Do you see Jesus coming to save Believers?
  • So you see the 2nd coming and the creation of the New Heaven and Earth?
  • Do you see your own Salvation and how He redeems us personally?

Depending on your relationship with this read, you will hone in on one of them. ❤️

Isaiah 63- When the Final Battle happens…there will be only ONE that can save us.  The Lord can scan the whole earth and NONE of us will be good enough…no matter what your “good deeds” are.  Jesus is the ONLY one that fits the description.

4 It was for me the day of vengeance;
the year for me to redeem had come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
I was appalled that no one gave support;
so my own arm achieved salvation for me,
and my own wrath sustained me.
6 I trampled the nations in my anger;
in my wrath I made them drunk
and poured their blood on the ground.”

I end with this:  Since Genesis the Hebrews have been Misfits (so have I)!  When they cried out He saved them (me too)!  ALWAYS!  God does allow for natural consequences to their actions happen BUT His arm always comes down and tramples the enemies around them.  He paves a way for them to always return to the Temple where He lives.  Even when He has been ignored for a VERY LONG TIME. (like when I couldn’t find my Bible to do a read-through because I ignored him for so long).

7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,
    the deeds for which he is to be praised,
    according to all the Lord has done for us—
yes, the many good things
    he has done for Israel,
    according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

1 more day of Isaiah.  It’s been hard but beautiful.

Isaiah 54-58

Isaiah 54.  So after the read of Isaiah 53 (feel free to read it again), you then roll into 54 and 55.   This is a song of Praise,  but to me, I felt like God was saying after Isaiah 53 happens…let me introduce myself to you.  The reality is, before Jesus died on the cross for me, I really didn’t know Him. (So be patient with other believers, some have not known Him long).

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
    and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband—
    the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
    he is called the God of all the earth.

Isaiah 55- A call for all to come to Him!  What a beautiful chapter….He begins with Salvation is Free for All!  It costs you nothing…He paid for it.   I am reminded of the woman at the well.  He said he had a GIFT, she just needed to ask for it.  You don’t buy yourself a gift , someone buys it for you.  When Jesus approached her and said in John 4:10

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

I am always reminded that Jesus came for the sick, not the healthy.  We are so quick to throw stones at the world rather than pray for them.  God loves them as much as He loves us.  He begs for them to be found.

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Chapter 56-

If salvation depends on God’s grace, do God’s servants have any responsibility other than receiving that grace?  You know I try to stay away from “application” since I am not your Holy Spirit (just my husband’s), BUT if you are a Christian, do you have a responsibility?

James 2:26 says: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

So if you are jumping in and missed some chapters…

  • Isaiah 1-39 we saw it was impossible for them to demonstrate any righteousness
  • Isaiah 40-48 God redeemed them from captivity and redeemed from sin
  • Isaiah 49-55- how to be a servant now to God
  • Isaiah 56- how to live morally now

Chapter 56 is the most assuring chapter for anyone feeling unworthy.  Let me explain: someone who has a “past” this free gift given equally to the person who lived their life without a “past”?

BUT those who ignore the Gospel- “you made that bed, you l lie in it” (verse 7)

13 When you cry out for help,
    let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
    a mere breath will blow them away.
But whoever takes refuge in me
    will inherit the land
    and possess my holy mountain.”

Chapter 58

I read and re-read the first 12 verses.  It is as if this was written to the world TODAY Click here if you want to re-read them.

2 more days of Isaiah (There are about 5 books I find crazy hard and this is one of them…I can see the finish line!!)

Isaiah 53 (entire chapter)

Chapter 52:13 through 53. (I copied the whole chapter below so you could read it several times throughout the day) This Prophecy to me is like no other.  Each Scripture written of the coming Messiah.

Click here if you are a visual learner.  It is very hard for me to watch, but if it wasn’t-it wasn’t worth it.

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

See, my servant will act wisely
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man
and his form marred beyond human likeness—

15 so will he sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
 nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3 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 in chapter 6 saw God and said he was not worthy.  We are not worthy.  That unconditional love suffered as our substitute.  I don’t even think the movie clip could capture all that Jesus went through on that Passover as OUR substitute on the cross.  Hours before Jesus was crucified they brought out Barabbas:

Whatever Happened to Barabbas? – The Jagged Word

Do you know who this represents in the Gospel?  Me! 

That is me- with all my sin and transgressions-deserving death.  And without opening his mouth and saying a word, He sets Barabbas free and takes his place on the Cross.

Oppressed and Afflicted in Hebrew means He was tormented, humiliated, belittled, mocked and shamed!  He was stripped down naked like a sheep being led to the slaughter, and He did not say a word!  Why??  He was giving Himself…they were not taking him.  Repeat that, He was GIVING himself to us.  Three men on the day of His sacrifice asked him to give words to defend himself:

  1. Caiaphas
  2. Pilate
  3. Herod

Jesus knew he was fulfilling scriptures and the plan of Salvation.  In verse 8 it was over.  Finished.  Cut off from the living, for the sins of his people.

Jesus in verse 9 was assigned a grave with the wicked (the two criminals with Him) but was given the tomb of the Rich?  What?  Yes! Matthew 27:57

As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock.

Finally in verse 10 we read about how this was all the Lord’s will and He makes His offering on the altar And I have to stop and think…

How much does he Love us??  How much??

Isaiah 49-53

I am going to try to save all my words for chapter 53.  It will rock your world.

Isaiah 49- You know by now this is a split-screen prophecy (Current and Jesus)

Before I was born the Lord called me;
    from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

And now the Lord says—
    he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
    and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord
    and my God has been my strength—

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

This is what the Lord says—
    the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—
to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
    to the servant of rulers:
“Kings will see you and stand up,
    princes will see and bow down,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

13 Shout for joy, you heavens;
    rejoice, you earth;
    burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

The near-sighted prophecy can be seen within these scriptures too as he speaks to the ones in captivity that feel forgotten by God.  (I can relate at times).  They are in Babylon, alone.  Through the words of Isaiah God promises to restore them:

“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors,
    and plunder retrieved from the fierce;
I will contend with those who contend with you,
    and your children I will save.
26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
    they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine.
Then all mankind will know
    that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
    your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 50- This is pretty cool- Has God divorced Himself from His people? (Has he today?) NO!  The Lord asked two more questions.

  1. Why had they not responded to His calls for repentance and faith (which came through the prophets)? Had they done so, He implied, He would not have sold them into captivity.
  2. Was His lack of deliverance when they called to Him for help the result of His inability to save them? No, He could reach them, and He was strong enough to save them.  He then describes His might through his control over nature.  Surely if he can control the waters, He has the power to save you.

Isaiah 51- So picture the people in captivity, a small, tired, hungry, hopeless group.  God says, out of Abraham (old) and Sarah(barren) I can make a nation!!

look to Abraham, your father,
    and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I called him he was only one man,
    and I blessed him and made him many.

What is there to fear?  If God is for you, who can he against you??  Or how about…There is nothing to fear but fear itself!

12 “I, even I, am he who comforts you.
    Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
    human beings who are but grass,
13 that you forget the Lord your Maker,
    who stretches out the heavens
    and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
    because of the wrath of the oppressor,
    who is bent on destruction?

2 King 18:9-19:37, Psalms 46,80,35


We start with a flashback.  It took me a minute of flipping around the Bible thinking I messed up because “we just read this”.  It was trippy for a minute.  So this will be a cool recap:

  • The king of Assyria: Sennacherib attacked and deported the Northern tribes.
  • The king of Judah: Hezekiah feared Assyria- and paid them tribute so they didn’t get attacked
  • The Assyrian’s in a speech basically said “You might as well surrender, you can’t put your confidence in your God”
  • Hezekiah goes to the Temple to pray to the Lord about the situation (about time someone did)
  • Much is said about Jerusalem will be attacked BUT will be delivered
  • Isaiah prophesies about Sennacherib’s fall

Why is this happening?

11 The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River and in towns of the Medes. 12 This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated his covenant—all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands nor carried them out.

Basically, the Lord is saying “I brought you into this land…I can take you out of this land!”

Assyrian & Babylonian Captivity & Exile of Israel & Judah Map

In chapter 39 why does is say:

34 I will defend this city and save it,
    for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.’”

Why does it say for the sake of David? (put in comments)

Also, underline this in your Bible:

:30 Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
    will take root below and bear fruit above.
31 For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
    and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.

  • Assyria will attack Israel.  They will be no more.
  • Babylon will attack Judah.  But a remnant will survive and return.  WHY?

(It is related to the above question.  If you are not sure take a guess.  If you need a hint let me know). This is good stuff!

Psalms!!!!  Oh I need a Psalm!!

Click here for Psalm 46

When I read “familiar” Scriptures in context, it always freaks me out! (In a good way)  When we read “Be Still” it is not when you are at a “thinking point” it is when you are under attack from Assyria and you run to the Temple to put it before the Lord.  You can’t hear him if you are not still!  ( trust me, I try it all the time)

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

Click here for Psalm 80

It makes sense.  What do you do in time of trouble?? Call out to the Lord!

Click here for Psalm 35

Isaiah 44-48

Chapter 44

The Lord promised to pour out His Spirit on the Israelites in the future. This is compared to pouring water on the dry ground landscape. It would bring refreshment and new life. Blessing would come to the descendants of Isaiah’s audience in 150 years.

Since this is a promise specifically to the Israelites, they would be the special recipients of this outpouring. This will happen in the future. The giving of the Spirit will first be on the day of Pentecost however we must not miss that the Israelites are His chosen people, and even though,  we the Gentiles,  are grafted into the plan, God will have a plan for the Jewish nation in End Times.Pin on Divine Revelation / Deposit of Faith / Sacred Tradition

But if you love these scriptures as much as I do today read verse 5,  grab a sharpie and write:

The Lord's | Bachar Basya

:OR we can meet at “Second Skins” and get a tattoo!  (Not the first for many 😂😂)

Idols in our life:

I’m not saying we should rid ourselves of the things on this list. Rather we need to evaluate our lives and make sure they are in the right order. That none of these things have become more important than God to us.

  1. Our identity-For some their identity has become an idol. They have placed more value on who they are rather than in God.
  2. Entertainment- how do you spend your time? We are obsessed with being entertained. From Netflix to vacations to scrolling through social media.. We love entertainment in all forms.
  3. Comfort-There is an endless list of products promising to simplify and add comfort to your life.
  4. Phones- The problem isn’t our phones or social media or any form of technology. It’s the value and TIME we place on it that makes it a problem.

In the comments list one that might be 5-10.  Can you think of any?

and I will dry up your streams,’
28 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd
and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,”
and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”’

Cyrus WILL BE the Persian King who will put Israel back on the map.  Babylon will wipe out the last of the Israelites from the nation and deport the last remnant people there.  They will demolish the Temple.  Persia will defeat Babylon and will give the Jewish captives permission to return to Jerusalem

  • will they go back?
  • will the go somewhere else?
  • BOTH.  and Both is a great answer for God’s ultimate purpose (keep reading this year!!)

For my artifact people….the story of Cyrus is REAL!  How do I know?  It is in the Bible!!  Ha!  We also can prove it historically.  This is a cylinder that dates 500 BC that proves it.

116 Cyrus Cylinder - JW Museum Bible Tours - Free Self-Guided ...

BUT no glory to Cyrus…it is ALL the Lord’s.  Chapter 45

“This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
and will level the mountains;
I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.

OH MY STARS!!! do you know how hard it is for me to NOT post or Comment on 3-12.    It might be my NEW FAVORITE little section!!!! My pen would not stop underlining…

  • so that you may know that I am the Lord…. I am the Lord, and there is no other…..apart from me there is no God……  I bring prosperity and create disaster.……. I, the Lord, do all these things……It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it.

So can I just say THIS is the God that LOVES you.  Do we stop to think about that??? I know we can’t really comprehend or even find words to describe Him.  BUT He knows you by NAME!!!

(sorry, I try not to preach But I just feel overwhelmed with the scriptures today)

Back to Cyrus (verse 13)

I will raise up Cyrus  in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.

Szymanski…you have to move on..I keep rereading the rest of this chapter over and over to find one thing to talk about BUT the whole thing has me spinning.  So that’s right…I am pulling the DO YOU LOVE ME CARD AGAIN??

If you LOVE ME (or the Lord..ha!  gotcha) put a scripture in the comment section that knocked your socks off.  I dare you to just find one!  Mercy.

Chapter 46- I am going to skip this section (yes I read it) because why talk about the false gods of Babylon when we can talk about The God of the Universe.

When we have a long read I try to make the post short.  47 and 48…you got this.


Isaiah 40-43

When we turn from the thirty-ninth to the fortieth chapter it is as though we step out of the darkness of judgment into the light of salvation. The first portion of the book (chaps. 1—39) is filled with messages of judgment, this portion emphasizes restoration and deliverance.   Let’s compare:

Isaiah 1—39

  • The focus is on Assyria.
  • The primary theme is judgment.
  • Historical details are present.
  • Messiah is the “shoot from Jesse.”
  • The life of Isaiah is prominent.

Isaiah 40—66

  • The focus is on Babylon.
  • The primary theme is deliverance.
  • Historical details are absent.
  • The life of Isaiah is prominent.
  • Messiah is the “Servant of the Lord.”
  • The life of Isaiah is absent.

Chapter 40:

We start with the theme of 40-66 “Comfort”.  We are going to keep with our “split-screen newscast”.  Isaiah will have a near prophecy and a far prophecy.  He is writing these scriptures to the exiles in Babylon.  They have been captured and taken out of the Promised Land and taken into Captivity (Exile)  Keep in mind, the intended reader of these writings are not even born yet…this is written to give comfort to people 150 years in the future!

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord[;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.

This scripture might be familiar but it will have different views:

  1. He is giving the people HOPE in Babylon (current).  He will prepare a way for them straight back to Jerusalem (900 miles away).
  2. A Messianic Prophecy: ALL 4 Gospels quote this scripture.  John the Baptist brings a message of HOPE that the Messiah will come.  Let’s look at Matthew 3:33 

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”

We now have Hope that Jesus will come again and be victorious.
He gives them/us HOPE that He wants to deliver us from our captivity but CAN He??    If you are reading this and have a major situation in your life,  know He WANTS to deliver you…but that He CAN too! ❤️

12-26 is the message that he CAN.  12-26 is awesome BUT I am going to share my favorite part…

25 “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

Chapter 41 reads like a court case: The case is called “The Helper of Israel”.  He silences the court.  Then he shows his Sovereignty.   He wants to deliver them.  He can deliver them.  Now he tells us HOW He will deliver them.  He is God…He knows everything!

“Who has stirred up one from the east,
calling him in righteousness to his service?

He is going to raise up someone from the East…so let me ask you, if God knows every star by name, do you think he know who this person is by name?  YES!  (You will find out tomorrow). If you know: I will be super impressed.  Anyone??)

When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt through Moses, God provided for the whole journey.  He met their every need.  He tells them He will do it again.  When they are set free from Babylon they will journey through the desert of what is now called Saudi Arabia…900 miles.  (That is walking from Nashville to Miami)

17 “The poor and needy search for water,
but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them you.

Chapter 42: How in the world do we not cut and paste the whole chapter here???  BEST CHAPTER

Here we are watching TV again I am not going to call this a split screen but rather a picture in a picture.  The small picture in the corner is the person that the Lord will bring forth as His servant,  to let his people out of captivity…However, the big picture is no doubt the Messiah.

The Servant of the Lord
42 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
3 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
4     he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”



We know the Lord is talking to the Israelites but look closely who was ALWAYS grafted into the plan of salvation.  Read this next part: He is talking about YOU (gentiles).

6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
7 to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

HOWEVER,  there will be a time where God will still bring justice to those who continue to worship idols…and many will.  They are deaf and blind to repenting. (I know many people in this category)

“For a long time I have kept silent,
I have been quiet and held myself back.

But now, like a woman in childbirth,

(I stopped right there and thought….Oh my…this isn’t going to be light)

20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention;
your ears are open, but you do not listen.”
21 It pleased the Lord
for the sake of his righteousness
to make his law great and glorious.

Chapter 43

11 I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”


18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!


25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more. ❤️❤️❤️

Now put on a worship song that you love.  (I would love for you to put it in comments or text it to me and I will put it in for you.

Isaiah 37-39 and Psalm 76

Continuation from yesterday….

So when Hezekiah (The king of Judah) received the message…what did he do??  Prayed to the Lord!

Hezekiah’s Prayer

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 16 Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.18 “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands. 19 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. 20 Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God.”

It’s been a long time since God received the glory!

The Lord states that Sennacherib would fall and gives Hezekiah a sign to assure him that God would indeed do what he had said. The Lord would preserve a people for Himself from among Jerusalem. This would include the Davidic line of kings, as He had promised (2 Sam. 7:16)  The Lord promised Hezekiah that Sennacherib would not conquer Jerusalem, let alone attack it.

The Lord will defend Jerusalem and preserve it.  Hezekiah was rewarded for his Faith.  However, you have to remember the BIG picture:  The Lord promised an everlasting dynasty to bring a Messiah.

35 “I will defend this city and save it,
for my sake and for the sake of David my servant!”

So there was definitely no confusion about “whose” victory it was…

36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! 

Chapter 38 -I hope you don’t mind me sticking with all the TV analogies and it’s not confusing.  But when we get to chapter 38 think of it like this:  We just finished the above and you realize that you must have missed something 30 minutes ago (I am assuming you were looking in the kitchen for a snack)  So even though you know how the show ends you rewind the show ‘just in case” you missed something good.

And thank heavens you did rewind it or you would have missed that Hezekiah almost died earlier in the show,  but God gave him another 15 years.  The sign that this would occur was setting the shadow back 10 steps from the sun (The Sun didn’t move, just the shadow).   The shadow on the steps was used to determine the “time of day” (like a sundial)…he was setting it back.

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Don’t miss the song Hezekiah wrote following this.  It’s amazing.  I had cut and pasted my favorite part BUT I deleted it…I would rather you do that in the comments.


In the overview I talked about how this book is set up JUST LIKE THE BIBLE.  So today is the equivalency of finishing the Old Testament.

NEW KEY WORD:  BABYLON!!  This is a  short chapter BUT HUGE!!! The 3 world powers were: Assyria, Egypt, and Babylon.  Sooooo the son of the Babylonian king comes over to check out what is going on with the little city called Jerusalem because they were probably in shock that Assyria fell to them.  I like to think Hezekiah was not bragging on His riches BUT what the Lord has provided:

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”

To Be Continued….In the meantime read Psalm 76

In this psalm of declarative praise, Asaph praised God for His power. He had destroyed the wicked and delivered the godly. Therefore the leaders of His people should follow Him faithfully.

Isaiah 35-36

(Chapter 36 is a really fun read!!)

If you are feeling “lost” on Isaiah.  I posted a “recap” video yesterday.  Scroll down to it, it might help.

Chapter 35- let’s look ahead to Revelation

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  • We are currently in the Church Age (since Acts 2)
  • Then we will have the Rapture of the Church (if you believe in a Rapture (I do)but if you don’t ignore that-all good)(Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • Then we begin a 7 year period of Tribulation
  • Then Jesus will return to earth (called the 2nd coming)  This will be the Battle of Armageddon.  Satan will be tied up (literally) for 1,000 years.
  • The 1,000 years of Peace is called the Millennial Reign
  • After 1,000 years Satan will be released and there will be one final rebellion-he will quickly be defeated
  • The final judgment will occur and a New Heaven and New Earth are created and we enter into eternity!

Chapter 36- Time to change the channel back to 701 BC.

After the Kingdom divided we have:

  • 10 tribes-North called Israel
  • 2 tribes-South called Judah

Israel is captured by Assyria

Judah will be captured by Babylon (in 150 years)  Only Judah will survive and come back to Jerusalem because there is a covenant God must honor that He will bring a King through David’s Genealogy.

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If you look at this map you will see Assyria is a major world power.  The King of Assyria is Sennacherib.

(The King of Judah is Hezekiah.  He was the really good king that restored the Temple!)

The other world power is Egypt.  Well, Israel is stuck in the middle.  So if world powers are going to attack each other….Israel best call on the Lord for help, right?

Chapter 36-

In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Then the king of Assyria sent his field commander with a large army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. 

So when the Assyrian Kings went to Judah they gave a speech in verses 4-10.  In summary they said…There is no deliverance in the Lord!  Teaming up with Egypt won’t save you.  You need to surrender to us because Assyria had the authority from God to attack Jerusalem. “The Lord himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.’”


The Assyrian army even said, “C’mon fellas…we will even give you 2000 horses”.  They instructed them to speak Aramaic so that everyone listening would understand what they were saying, even the people on the wall.  Instead, the Assyrians address them in Hebrew making sure they can understand:

1Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! 15 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

I am unglued over this!

So now what happen???

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Fun Fact:  This story is true.  How do I know?  Because it is on your Bible.  Ha!

It is also rerecorded on a clay prism that was found in 1830 in Nineveh, dating to 701 BC

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Isaiah 31-34

Today is Friday.  Hang in there.  Sunday is the end of the condemnation part of Isaiah…you can do it.  W are sooooo close.

31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
    who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.

How can we read this today?

Woe to those who go to the world for help,
    who rely man

but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.

BUT….He is always waiting for us ❤

Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against. For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made.

Ch 32-The Kingdom of Righteousness

Maybe chapters like this stick out to me because I was an adult when I became a Christian and remember what it was like to not have Christ in my life:

See, a king will reign in righteousness
    and rulers will rule with justice.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
    and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
    and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
    and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The fearful heart will know and understand,
    and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
No longer will the fool be called noble
    nor the scoundrel be highly respected.

In Historical context, the passage is about after the Captivity when he rescues His people, but for me:

till the Spirit is poured on us from on high,
    and the desert becomes a fertile field,
    and the fertile field seems like a forest.
16 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,
    his righteousness live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
    its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
    in secure homes,
    in undisturbed places of rest.

Chapter 33

Lord, be gracious to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
    our salvation in time of distress.

Chapter 34:

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As we read you have to picture this:  The Scriptures having 2 views.  The historical context (the captivity) and the wrath that will come on foreign nations and in the other screen: The Great Tribulation in Revelation.  So as you read you can see they apply to both:

34 Come near, you nations, and listen;
    pay attention, you peoples!
Let the earth hear, and all that is in it,
    the world, and all that comes out of it!
The Lord is angry with all nations;
    his wrath is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy[c] them,
    he will give them over to slaughter.
Their slain will be thrown out,
    their dead bodies will stink;
    the mountains will be soaked with their blood.
All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
    and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
    like withered leaves from the vine,
    like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

Flip over to Matthew 24 when Jesus is describing the Great Tribulation:

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’


Isaiah8 For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
    a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
    her dust into burning sulfur;
    her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.

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