Tag Archive | isaiah

Isaiah 8:12-13 ” Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread.”

Everyday we have to make the decision to either accept the world’s view or to trust God with His vision.  We can either be driven by fear, gloom and doom in a world of pessimism and distrust, or we can stand on God’s Word with hope and confidence, knowing He’s still in control.  It all boils down to asking yourself one question, “Whose report do you believe today?”  Is your faith and trust in the world or the Creator of it?

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

The Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 5:14,  paraphrases this verse in Isaiah when he writes, “Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.”  Jesus is the light of the world, and when this truth illuminates our being, we become painfully aware of just how  deplorable our sinful life is.  We clearly see ourselves for what we are…miserable, wretched humans…spiritually dead and doomed to eternal punishment.  But both verses encourage us by saying, “Don’t wallow in sin anymore – a new day is dawning –  rise up out of the muck and mire, and receive your salvation.”

Isaiah 45:22 ” Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

The Lord says to you today…come back.  Turn around and face Me, for it’s only by Me that you can be delivered from all the evil that still clings to you.  You may have accepted Me in the past, but you are still a slave to things you have not been able to give up.  You have been set free of those things, but you either don’t fully realize it or just don’t want to leave them behind.  Change directions today… for those chains that have bound you in the past  have been broken off  –  you are no longer a victim…you are a victor.

Isaiah 7:14 ” The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

This may be one of the most well-known prophecies of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Uttered by Isaiah in 734 BC, this unbelievable miracle is so far-fetched, so difficult for us to put our heads around, that it can be only be God that can accomplish it.  It goes far beyond Anatomy and Physiology…far beyond our scope of understanding…into the realm of signs and wonders.  ” And He will be called Immanuel”…God with us.   If you stop to think about it, this is probably the greatest miracle of all.   Almighty God came down from heaven and lived among us in the tiny form of a baby…that we may be saved from our sins.

Isaiah 42:6-7 ” I will keep You and will make You to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

The Prophet Isaiah again speaks of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  These verses speak of the promise to come for both Jew and Gentile… of life, salvation, wisdom and justice in place of spiritual blindness, falsehood, and ignorance.  At the very beginning of His Ministry, Jesus confirms this in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Jesus is the covenant between God and us…He’s the bridge over the deep chasm that keeps us far from God… for no one can come to the Father except through Him.

Isaiah 28:16 ” So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’ “

This Messianic prophecy of Isaiah’s pointed to the coming of Jesus Christ.  It correlates with the verse in Psalm 118:22 which  says, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.”  Jesus is the only firm foundation on which anyone can build their life.  He is the chief cornerstone of our faith and trust…for only through  Him do we have the forgiveness of sins and hope of eternal life.

Isaiah 11:1 ” A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”

Researching genealogy and our ancestry has become a popular pastime…and it’s fun to find out where we came from.  Likewise, we can start to trace Jesus Christ’s lineage from this verse.  Here Isaiah spoke of the coming Messiah as the branch or shoot spouting up from the stump or roots of Jesse, King David’s father.  Matthew 1:1-14 then gives us the complete genealogy of Jesus…all 42 generations.  This family tree is spoke about again in Revelation 5:5,  “See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.”  But Jesus also  transcends all genealogy, all ancestry as we know it…for He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end…all man, but all God.